New imaging techniques illuminate muscle and nerve, speeding research and aiding clinical trials
posted on July 1, 2012 - 3:09pm
Researchers are very good at understanding what is going on with things they can’t see directly, whether it be the membranes of muscle cells or the motor neurons of the spinal cord. But what is true for the rest of us is equally true for scientists: Seeing something is often the quickest and most direct way to understand it.
When ALS-affected nerve cells lose function, their closest neighbors can't protect them
posted on May 8, 2009 - 11:45am
A vicious cycle in which damage to nerve cells (neurons) in the spinal cord results in the loss of an important mechanism to protect neurons, causing more neuron loss, has been identified as a possible contributor to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Identification of this pathway opens the door to targeting it with therapeutic agents.