Prof. Ron Shamir, Recent Study found Blood-based Parkinson’s disease signature

A large-scale study of blood expression profiles revealed a 87-gene signature that distinguishes between idiopathic Parkinson’s disease patients and healthy controls. The study,  published recently in Neurology, studied expression profiles of more than 500 individuals. Research groups from Germany, France, USA, Slovenia and Israel took part in the EU-funded GenePark study. The computational analysis was led by the group of Sagol Center member Ron Shamir.

Manuscript at Neurology

Prof. Dani Offen: Israeli Scientists Make Paralyzed Rats Walk Again

Paralyzed rats with severed spinal cords are walking again, after Israeli scientists restored their nervous function and sensation using tissue engineering.

The researchers, from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and Tel Aviv University, developed a method to repair the damaged spinal cord based on tissue engineering and implantation of stem cells, taken from the oral mucosa membrane in the mouth near the gums. The rats regained sensation and control of their lower limbs, the team reports.

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