Deb Stenkamp - Neurogenesis

Deb Stenkamp - Neurogenesis

Until recently, the regeneration of neurons in the human brain seemed unlikely. However, current research has identified a few regions within the brain where neurogenesis seems to occur. In some other species the generation of new neurons after old ones are destroyed is quite common. The zebra fish, a classic animal model for the field of neuroscience, has the ability to regenerate neurons in the retina - an area that Dr. Deb Stenkamp researches in her lab. Once the complex process of neurogenesis in the zebra fish is understood, this might help on the road to neural regeneration in malfunctioning brain areas in humans. Dr. Stenkamp discusses both the basic research in her lab, as well as potential applications in human disorders in this interview.

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neurogenesis, zebra fish, retina, eye, neuron