Grant: $13,648 - National Institutes of Health - Jul. 27, 2009
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Award Description: Acquired brain injuries, such as those resulting from trauma, are among the most common causes death and long-term disability in all age groups. It is unclear whether neural stem cells are responsible for some of the limited recovery that spontaneously occurs following such injuries. In this proposal, we will not only define the role that stem cells play in recovery following traumatic brain injury, but also identify how these cells might be manipulated to improve recovery after injury.
Project Description: The overall purpose of this work was to both expose students intereseted in basic science to how a medical research lab functions, and also to give them practical experience in research. Hopefully, based on there progress in their respective projects, each student will ultimately decide to pursue biomedical research as a careeer.
Jobs Summary: These funds created 2 student summer postiions for talented undergraduate students to pursue basic research within my lab. The lab works on the role of neural stem cells in remodeling the brain after injury. The first student project was to develop a model of cerebral palsy in mice using unique transgenic animals that were created in our lab. This work is nearly complete. The second student project was to investigate how neural stem cells are activated after hypoxic brain injury using different transgenic animals developed in our lab. This project was mostly completed. One student (Edward Daniel) has left the lab to resume his undergraduate studies at Harvard Universtiy. The second student (Jamie Wright) has elected to continue working in the lab while she completes her studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. (Total jobs reported: 2)
Project Status: More than 50% Completed
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