BackgroundI am a 3rd year PhD student in Trinity College
Dublin and my project is very much an interdisciplinary one. I’m very lucky to
get to work between two great labs, Dr. Aisling Dunne’s Molecular Immunology
lab and Professor Danny Kelly’s Musculoskeletal engineering lab. My research
focuses on osteoarthritis which involves damage to both the upper protective
layer of cartilage and underlying bone. Unfortunately, the only real function
restoring treatment option for patients
By Sophie Arthur
How many diseases and conditions do you think exist in this world? Thousands? Hundreds of thousands? Maybe even millions? Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer. But what I do know is there could be one solution to all of them! Yes, one perfect medicine of the future! The answer? Stem cells!
Stem cells, promises & superheroes
Our bodies are made up of an extraordinary amount of cells – all with their own unique shape, function and gene expression, and one of the reason
By Sonika Singh PhD candidate, University of NottinghamA Devastating Disease
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic and inflammatory disease based on autoimmunity, mainly affecting the central nervous system (CNS) in young white adults. MS is a disease which involves damage to the myelin sheath, that is a lipoprotein-based insulation of the axons. This sheath is essential for the electrical activity and saltatory conduction of nerve impulses and is an important part of the&n
Ralitsa R. Madsen – University of Cambridge Metabolic Research LaboratoriesEach one of us is the result of an extraordinary developmental process during which a single fertilised egg turns into more than a trillion cells. This is critically dependent on exquisite coordination of fundamental cell behaviours including growth, migration and “decisions” to differentiate into cell types with specialised functions. When co-ordination is lost, either during development or in adulthood, disease results.
By Eleni Chrysostomou, PhD Candidate, NUIGWhy do we need to know how the Nervous System develops and regenerates?The structure and function of the nervous system remains one of the most fascinating and yet challenging aspects in biology. The way in which neural progenitors (NPs) are specified and spatially arranged, and how they proliferate, differentiate and migrate to form a functional nervous system is controlled by patterning mechanisms which are not fully understood. When it comes