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May 31, 2018

Researching Regenerative Strategies to Optimize Neurological Function

By Jennifer Schutz

Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon and recipient of a 2018 Regenerative Medicine Minnesota research grant, Terry Burns, M.D., Ph.D., is developing regenerative strategies to optimize neurological function and quality of life for patients with brain tumors, neurological injuries, and neurodegenerative diseases.

The decline of memory and thinking processes seen in aging, neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease), and exposure of the brain to radiation are believed to be caused, in part, by senescence (gradual deterioration) of stem cells in the brain. His research examines if selectively allowing these deteriorated cells to die will combat damage to the central nervous system, and if it is safe and effective.

Learn more about Dr. Burn’s research in the video below:

Visit the Center for Regenerative Medicine Blog for more information on regenerative medicine at Mayo Clinic.

Tags: Awards, Center for Regenerative Medicine, People, regenerative medicine, Regenerative Medicine Minnesota, stem cells, Terence (Terry) Burns

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