Helping to repair damaged brains and restore lost memories

July 22, 2014

Dr. Jing Wang has been awarded $65,000 by the J.P. Bickell Foundation, named after prominent businessman and former part-owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, John Paris Bickell, to further her studies into neural regeneration and brain repair. Specifically, Dr. Wang will use the grant money to study how neural generation in an embryonic state can lead to the promotion of adult neural repair that enhances memory. Dr. Wang’s research aims to identify new strategies to promote neural repair and restore memory in adults. This has potential to help treat brains damaged as the result of an accident, such as a car crash, or a degenerative disease, such as Alzheimer’s. The discovery of metformin as a potential therapeutic approach for neural regeneration by affecting a specific signalling pathway represents a typical example of how the study of basic embryonic biology can lead to new treatments for neural regeneration.

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