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Mice were able to restore brain function after a stroke using a special gel
- April 26, 2020
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
A very unusual study was presented today by specialists from the University of California – a talented team from the Department of Neurology under the leadership of Professor Thomas Carmichael informed the American scientific community about its experimental project to restore brain functions after a stroke, using a special bioactive gel as the basis. An article with this study has already appeared in the scientific journal Nature Materials, where the team explained all the features of their experiments and shared their vision on the further development of their brain recovery method.
The team used a special bioactive gel, which, being introduced into the affected empty brain cavity, played the role of a “superstructure”, which allowed the brain tissues to recover and thereby, to a rather large extent, restore the affected areas of the brain. A series of experiments at the University of California took place over 16 weeks on experimental mice that had previously been artificially stroke.
Applying this bioactive gel – whose chemical characteristics have not yet been disclosed – specialists then observed the growth of brain tissue and the restoration of axons and neurons, noting its high dynamics. It is worth noting that the brain itself can restore certain areas and their functions only to a certain natural threshold.
This threshold was successfully overcome by specialists led by Professor Carmichael, who additionally demonstrated the possibility of improving the properties of the gel by controlling the temperature of its breakdown – it is worth noting that this bioactive gel, filling the affected brain cavities, completely dissolves over time, leaving no traces and side effects. It remains only to wait for the final results on additional tests of a team of specialists.