Research in neuroscience focuses on spinal cord injury and degenerative neurologic diseases. Spinal cord injury most commonly occurs in young adult human beings as a result of traffic accidents, and is common in certain breeds of dogs that are prone to herniation of the intervertebral disks. Spinal cord injury research is carried out in the Center for Paralysis Research and is aimed at the discovery of novel methods to treat injured nerves. Faculty also study the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis in a mouse model of this degenerative disease.

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World War II weapon used in new battle: Combating Parkinson's disease

A World War II chemical weapon antidote is shown to be effective combating a new enemy: Parkinson’s disease. Half a million people in the U.S. are currently living with Parkinson’s disease, and another 50,000 people are diagnosed with this neurodegenerative disorder every year, according to the National Institutes of Health. (In the photo: Riyi Shi, professor of neuroscience and biomedical engineering). Watch Dr. Shi's video for more information.


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