UCLA Brain Research Institute's Neural Repair Program
is aimed at enhancing the performance of
the damaged nervous system and combining rehabilitation
with exciting new options for regeneration. The program
builds on the latest developments in rehabilitation techniques,
our understanding of the biochemical basis of rehabilitation,
the new awareness of the adult brain's regeneration capability,
and new engineering options for developing microscopic
A central goal of the program is to ensure that lessons
learned in conducting research on individual diseases
are translated into more generalizable techniques of neural
repair. Growth factors, stem cells, rehabilitation techniques,
etc. are being studied for individual diseases, but the
techniques are generally relevant to a wide spectrum of
neurological disorders. This program brings together scientists
from complementary fields in an effort to stimulate the
translation of basic knowledge into advances that will
improve the lives of people with diseases and injuries
of the nervous system.
UCLA's ability to formulate such a program is rooted in
its long tradition of collaborative research across academic
departments and research programs. UCLA can also develop
this cross-cutting program because of its large active
programs in such areas as spinal cord research, Parkinson's
disease, traumatic brain injury, Huntington's disease,
Neuroengineering, Alzheimer's disease, and multiple sclerosis.
The Neural Repair Program provides an ongoing opportunity
for rapid transfer of new knowledge and techniques across
programs in an active initiative dedicated to advancement
in all areas of neural repair.
call for fellowship applications will be sent out as
positions become available.