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UCLA Integrative Center for Neural Repair

The Integrative Center for Neural Repair (ICNR) at the UCLA Brain Research Institute brings together cutting edge research from a broad range of disciplines in order to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, paving the way for more effective and innovative treatments for diseases and injuries of the nervous system.

Whether due to injury or disease, damage to the central nervous system negatively impacts millions of lives each year. Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, or Huntington’s progressively debilitate patients over time, while stroke, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury can alter the course of a life in an instant. Unfortunately, current treatments for these disorders are few and limited in scope, and mostly deal with alleviating symptoms rather than repairing the damage. To shift the current paradigm, our research focus is not only to understand the underlying mechanisms of neuronal degeneration, but also to study how healthy neurons develop and function, protect themselves against damage, and recover by forming new connections and networks.