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Science in Medicine Lecture with Tom Reh

February 9, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Tom Reh, PhD, professor in the Department of Biological Structure in the UW School of Medicine, for “Enlisting Glial Cells for Self-repair in the Nervous System: It’s Never Too Late to Change Their Fate.”

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The neural retina of mammals, like most of the rest of the central nervous system, does not regenerate new neurons after they are lost through damage or disease. The regenerative ability of non-mammalian vertebrates, like fish and amphibians, to replace lost neurons is remarkable, and lessons learned over the last 20 years have revealed some of the mechanisms underlying this potential.

This knowledge has recently been applied to mammals to develop methods to stimulate regeneration in mice. In this lecture, Reh will highlight the progress in this area, and propose a roadmap for how the clinical implementation of regenerative strategies could be applicable to many different human retinal diseases.


February 9, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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