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Technology Developed To Regenerate Functional Neurons
2013-12-19 12:28:31

Penn State Researchers at Penn State University have developed an innovative technology to regenerate functional neurons after brain injury, and also in model systems used for research on Alzheimer's disease. The scientists have used supporting cells of the central nervous system, glial cells, to regenerate healthy, functional neurons, which are critical for transmitting signals in the brain. Gong Chen, a professor of biology, the Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences at Penn State,...

New Model Synapse Could Help With Disorders Such As Epilepsy And Anxiety
2012-08-08 09:42:42

A new way to study the role of a critical neurotransmitter in disorders such as epilepsy, anxiety, insomnia, depression, schizophrenia, and alcohol addiction has been developed by a group of scientists led by Gong Chen, an associate professor of biology at Penn State University. The new method involves molecularly engineering a model synapse -- a structure through which a nerve cell sends signals to another cell. This model synapse can precisely control a variety of receptors for the...

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2011-04-14 06:34:37

After more than a century of studying schizophrenia, the root cause of the disorder is still unknown. But induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) generated from schizophrenic patients have brought researchers a step closer to understanding the biological underpinnings of the disease. A team of scientists at Penn State University, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and other institutions expect the new method can be used to study other mysterious disease such as autism and bipolar...