Can stem cells make functional connections?
Grant number: 1023372 | Funding period: 2012 - 2017
A major challenge in treating neurodegenerative conditions with stem cells, is to generate a population of donor cells which are capable of incorporating into the host nervous system and restoring function. This proposal will test the capacity of human stem cells to make functional connections in the auditory system, potentially enhancing hearing with a cochlear implant. These studies are critical in determining how stem cells may be used to promote functional regeneration of the damaged nervous system.
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Organotypic Cocultures of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Derived-Neurons with Mammalian Inner Ear Hair Cells and Cochlear Nucleus Slices
Tomoko Hyakumura, Stuart McDougall, Sue Finch, Karina Needham, Mirella Dottori, Bryony A Nayagam
Stem cells have been touted as a source of potential replacement neurons for inner ear degeneration for almost two decades now; ye..