Nano Neuro Knitting
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
You need to log in, in order to post comments.
More from MIT Video Productions
Added over 9 years ago | 00:03:46 | 23259 views
Added over 9 years ago | 00:01:59 | 25588 views
Added 10 years ago | 00:01:35 | 16824 views
Added over 9 years ago | 00:04:29 | 30721 views
Added over 9 years ago | 00:04:06 | 29649 views
Added 10 years ago | 00:03:24 | 30762 views