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Understanding even the healthy brain is still a huge challenge for research, let alone how to aid in its repair! New drug discovery, neurosurgery, and enhancing the body's own healing mechanisms are just some of the many ways we can try to fix a 'broken' brain. Our speakers will showcase the latest research in brain disease and injury, and the many challenges we still face in their treatment.
Repairing the human brain – True or False?
Roger Barker (Professor of Clinical Neuroscience)
The ability to repair the human brain has always been something we would like to do, so that we can help patients with diseases of it. Over the last few years, we have started to discover that we can do just that. This has been done by harnessing the brains own capacity for repair as well as through delivering growth factors or transplants of cells. In this talk I will discuss all this with particular respect to Parkinson’s Disease.
Halting nerve cell death and improving quality of life in progressive supranuclear palsy
Luca Passamonti (Senior Clinical Research Associate and Honorary Consultant Neurologist)
Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is an aggressive neurological disorder that is caused by the premature loss of nerve cells in certain parts of the brain. I present a recent international clinical trial that aims at halting the inevitable progression of the cell death in PSP. We hope to increase the life expectancy and quality of life of people suffering from this devastating illness.
The Impact of Surgical Brain Injury
Rohit Sinha (Clinical Research Fellow)
Operating on the brain poses obvious risks to vital functions and the very ‘being’ of a patient. When treating brain diseases such as cancer and stroke with surgery, a core aim is to spare the healthy nearby brain tissue. In this talk Rohit will discuss the progress so far in our aim to save healthy brain during surgery and how current research may improve the safety of surgery in future.