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Maiken Nedergaard Wins Prestigious Prize for Discovery of Brain’s Cleaning System

Lund, Sweden – This year’s Eric K. Fernström foundation Grand Nordic Prize – one of the largest awards for medicine in Scandinavia – goes to neurology researcher Maiken Nedergaard, who works at the University of Copenhagen and the University of Rochester. She has discovered and investigated how the brain gets rid of harmful products using its own purification system, the glymphatic system – knowledge that is significant in the context of neurodegenerative diseases, among other conditions.

New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute and Tufts University to Collaborate on Neurodegeneration

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New York, NY, USA – The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute and the Tufts University Initiative for Neural Science, Disease & Engineering (INSciDE) today announced a collaborative initiative focused on deciphering the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases by employing a new generation of human stem-cell-based experimental technologies. The goal of the initiative is to elucidate the molecular pathways and cellular and neural circuit defects that cause neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders.

New Method Grows Brain Cells from Stem Cells Quickly and Efficiently

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Lund, Sweden – Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have developed a faster method to generate functional brain cells, called astrocytes, from embryonic stem cells. Astrocytes play a significant role in neurodegenerative diseases. The new method reduces the time required to produce the cells from months to two weeks, and the study has been published in Nature Methods.

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