Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sign in | Create Account

Nano Neuro Knitting

Spinal cord injuries, serious stroke and severe traumatic brain injuries affect more than 5 million Americans at a total cost of $65 billion a year in treatment.

Rodents blinded by a severed tract in their brains' visual system had their sight partially restored within weeks, thanks to a tiny biodegradable scaffold invented by MIT bioengineers and neuroscientists.

This technique, which involves giving brain cells an internal matrix on which to regrow, just as ivy grows on a trellis, may one day help patients with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and stroke.

The study, which will appear in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) the week of March 13-17, is the first that uses nanotechnology to repair and heal the brain and restore function of a damaged brain region.

Text by: Deborah Halber, MIT News Office

Comments (4)

How can I get involved as a research participant with your research studies once this goes to Human studies? I have had 5 medically documented concussions, that were the result of Auto accidents, head impact traumas, as well as Mercury Toxicity. Eagerly, I have been researching ways to increase my own Brain function. I'm overcoming the mercury toxicity and have been improving significantly. I know that I have had AXONAL shearing as illustrated http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmAML1-F2LE and seriously desire to regain these neuro connections. I have had SPECT scans and other such imaging done. Please contact me via youtube.com/dynamicdavid My desire is to Regain lost Axonal Connections as well as Excel through use of Smart Drugs, Bio Feedback, and other such research enhancements in my life. I've previously worked in R&D @ Microsoft, Intel, HP and others and am only in my early 30's. Please inform me.

Posted 6 years by Anonymous User

Is it possible for this therapy to be used to correct optic nerve hypoplasia discussed this morning on NPR? http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88552267

Posted 6 years by Anonymous User

Peptide nanofiber scaffold for brain repair and axon regeneration with functional return of vision is something which will be implemented very soon.
Ref.: http://www.pnas.org/content/103/13/5054.abstract

Posted over 4 years by DjPundreek

This is probably one of the coolest technologies I have seen! Will this technology one day be able to help blind people see or fix blindness caused by brain trauma? I know this video is a few years old, curious to how far along this research has gone today. Any update or links to other studies.

Posted over 3 years by bobbie.houston

You need to log in, in order to post comments. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up now!

MIT Video Productions

MIT Video Productions

Category: Education | Updated 7 days ago

Created
January 22, 2008 15:48
Category
Tags
License
All Rights Reserved (What is this?)
Additional Files


Viewed
28171 times

More from MIT Video Productions

Fireworks over The Great Dome

Fireworks over The Great Dome

Added over 7 years ago | 00:03:36 | 21381 views

Doing Anthropology

Doing Anthropology

Added over 6 years ago | 00:08:14 | 85443 views

Community Event: Presenting MIT's 17th President, L. Rafael Reif

Community Event: Presenting MIT's 1...

Added over 2 years ago | 00:30:48 | 2336 views

Robocopter Flies Over MIT Campus

Robocopter Flies Over MIT Campus

Added over 7 years ago | 00:01:35 | 14531 views

Interplanetary Space Logistics: Enabling New Frontiers

Interplanetary Space Logistics: Ena...

Added 7 years ago | 00:07:14 | 52191 views

NASA ISS Video Tour

NASA ISS Video Tour

Added over 6 years ago | 00:10:20 | 16229 views