Discovery Sciences

Seeking to understand the cellular mechanisms underlying injury and repair of the nervous system, various researchers at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota are engaged in discovering various new scientific methodologies.

Spinal cord injury (SCI) and repair

Anthony J. Windebank, M.D., examines a microscope slide in the Regenerative Neurobiology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota.

In the Regenerative Neurobiology Laboratory, Anthony J. Windebank, M.D., is exploring the impact of using steroids in combination with physical training for spinal regeneration.

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Functional recovery after cervical spinal cord injury

The Cell and Regenerative Physiology lab of Gary C. Sieck, M.D., explores using locally implanted genetically engineered mesenchymal stem cells to produce BDNF to improve breathing in spinal injury patients.

Gary C. Sieck, M.D., heads up the Cell and Regenerative Physiology Laboratory, which is seeking to promote diaphragm muscle activity to improve breathing in patients recovering from spinal injuries.

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Targeting myelin metabolism to enhance recovery of function after spinal cord injury

In the Neuroregeneration and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota, Isobel A. Scarisbrick, M.D., studies astrocytes and oligodendrocytes that control neural health, plasticity and regeneration after spinal injury.

In the Neuroregeneration and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory, the research team of Isobel A. Scarisbrick, M.D., is comparing the effects of diet and exercise on the important metabolism regulators that impact the ability of the nervous system to regenerate myelin.

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Genetics of spine disease and spinal regeneration

The Neuro-Informatics Laboratory of Mohamad Bydon, M.D., studies spinal nerve disease and ways to slow down or reverse degeneration or enhance regeneration.

In the Neuro-Informatics Laboratory, Mohamad Bydon, M.D., performs research to discover the effects of genetic or stem cell interventions for slowing down or reversing disk degeneration.

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