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Focus on Research: Research gives new hope for restoring cells in damaged brains and spinal cords

An artist's rendition of a human spinal cord. Credit: EMSL CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE Centre Daily Times (CDT), January 17, 2015 — What motivates Penn State scientists and their students to devote countless hours trying to solve tough research mysteries? For Gong Chen, a biology professor at Penn State, the answer is rooted in a desire to

Researchers Discover New Alzheimer’s Target

Drug Discovery & Development, Source: Penn State University ~ June 13, 2014 A new drug target to fight Alzheimer's disease has been discovered by a research team led by Gong Chen, a professor of biology and the Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences at Penn State University. The discovery also has potential for development

Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia, Autism Now Have New Research Tool: Mature Brain Cells Derived from Skin Cells

June 6, 2013 — Science Daily - Difficult-to-study diseases such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and autism now can be probed more safely and effectively thanks to an innovative new method for obtaining mature brain cells called neurons from reprogrammed skin cells. Human neural stem cells (shown in red), reprogrammed originally from adult skin cells, differentiate efficiently into