Movement disorders

Holy Grail: can a brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) mimetic promote myelin repair?

Dr Simon Murray (PhD) is a Lecturer and Laboratory Head in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University of Melbourne. Supported by MS Research Australia, he is investigating how neurotrophin-based strategies could be developed to promote myelin repair in the context of demyelinating disease such as MS.

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What inspired you to get involved in MS research? Circumstance and good mentoring! Just out of my PhD, I landed a postdoc in New York that was interested in Schwann cells – the cells that produce myelin in the peripheral nervous system – and I just fell in love with them. Great to culture, amenable to manipulation, ...

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