Navigation Links
$1.9 million grant to help UCF find multiple sclerosis 'nerve-ana'
Date:5/10/2010

A National Institutes of Health grant will help University of Central Florida researchers explore new ways to potentially reverse the damage caused by multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders.

Stephen Lambert, an associate professor in the College of Medicine and a member of UCF's Hybrid Systems Laboratory, has received $428,000, the first installment of a four-year, $1.9 million project. His team will study the breakdown of myelin, a substance that coats and protects nerves inside the brain and spinal cord, enabling electrical signals to reach distant nerve cells and muscles.

About 400,000 Americans and about 2.5 million people worldwide suffer from MS, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The drugs that are available now focus mainly on controlling the inflammatory nature of the diseases to limit the development of neuronal damage. They do not reverse the damage caused by the diseases.

"The process of myelination is extremely complex. By reproducing these complex phenomena in our laboratories, we can learn more about what causes debilitating diseases that affect so many people around the world," Lambert said. "We hope our research will ultimately lead to new drugs that reverse the damage caused by these diseases and help patients lead longer, healthier lives."

Most of the research will take place in the Hybrid Systems Lab in UCF's NanoScience Technology Center. At the center, a research team led by UCF bioengineer James Hickman showed for the first time last year that specialized myelin coating could be produced in the lab environment without the use of any type of growth serum.

The finding is significant because it allows researchers to more clearly study the causes of breaks in myelin and also the impact of proposed chemical treatments. Both could potentially lead to a greater understanding of the causes of neurological disorders such as MS and diabetes-induced peripheral neuropathy.

Hickman's previous work focused on cells in the peripheral nervous system and the nerves that connect the body's limbs and organs to the brain. The new research will, for the first time, explore the breakdown of myelin in the areas inside the brain and the spinal cord using nanotechnology tools.

"The application of the high-tech tools developed in my lab at the NanoScience Center to this complex problem brings us that much closer to developing new drugs and, at some stage, a cure for diseases such as MS," Hickman said.


'/>"/>

Contact: Barb Abney
babney@mail.ucf.edu
407-823-5139
University of Central Florida
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Kaiser Permanente Gives $5 Million to Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta
2. RadioShack Customers Donate $1.3 Million to LIVESTRONG
3. Michael J. Fox Foundation Awards $2.8 Million to Drive Development of Parkinsons Disease Biomarker Pipeline
4. Human Rights Denied: Obama Leaves 75 Million Children Behind
5. NVHR: Administrations 2011 Budget Proposal Shortchanges Five Million Americans Afflicted with Chronic Viral Hepatitis
6. State $200 Million Behind in Payments to Agencies Providing Care to Thousands of Older Illinoisans
7. Prominent Beverly Hills Law Firm Awarded $16.5 Million Medical Malpractice Jury Verdict
8. Esperanza Health Center Receives $6.5 Million in Stimulus Funds
9. Fitch, Standard & Poor's Upgrade Scripps Health to AA-; Scripps to Issue $220 Million in Hospital Revenue Bonds
10. millionants productions Launches and is “Making a Scene”
11. MAP International Provides $10 Million in Essential Medicines and Medical Supplies to Haiti Relief
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... With less than 10,000 dermatologists ... to quality care can be limited while the desire to conquer breakouts and eliminate ... acne care for every customer online, today released its inaugural survey on the State ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... In its ongoing effort to ... recently developed and published an informational resource that addresses frequently asked questions. ... inquiries the site’s team of third party administrator (TPA) contributors regularly receives as ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Columbus OH. Dr. Justin Harper, Founder of Juvly Aesthetics in ... the country to sit on the 2017 National Advisory Board for Allergan’s Facial Aesthetics ... Harper helped propel the clinic from a small start-up to number 78 in the ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... 28, 2017 , ... AutismOne announced the Board Certified in ... Medicine and available for application on Saturday, May 27, 2017, following Thursday, Friday, ... Springs. , Ed Arranga, president of AutismOne, stated: "Many of the modalities termed ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... Public relations pros work hard to earn placements ... channels. , While many results are clear, much of PR is hard to quantify. ... it comes to measurement, firms should always take an all-inclusive approach that takes both ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2017)... March 27, 2017  ImMAGE Biotherapeutics (OTCMKTS: IMMG), an ... passed early toxicology and efficacy studies. The company is ... a specific protein, MAGE A, in an effort to ... After 4 weeks of treatment in ... very little toxicity in a full toxicology report of ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... 27, 2017 To mark the end of Save ... a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase Canon eye ... at New York,s Jacob Javits Center ... Month, sponsored by the American Optometric Association, is observed annually ... receiving comprehensive eye exams. In recognition of this observance, Canon ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... 27, 2017 FinancialBuzz.com News Commentary  ... Based on New Frontier Data,s ... where cannabis is legal will generate $655 million in taxes on ... cannabis specific taxes, such as Washington State,s ... earned from state sales taxes that are applied on all retail ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: