Stem Cell Researcher at University of Florida Publishes New Article on Parkinson’s Disease

Dr. Steindler and colleagues published an article in one of the Nature series of journals (Modern Pathology) about the potential role of stem cells in neurological diseases including Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Brain Tumors.

Stem cell pathologies and neurological disease.

Mod Pathol. 2011 Nov 4. doi: 10.1038/modpathol.2011.165. [Epub ahead of print]

Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine of the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA.


The presence of stem and progenitor cells in the adult human brain suggests a putative and persistent role in reparative behaviors following neurological injury and neurological disease. Too few stem/progenitor cells (as in the case of Parkinson’s disease) or too many of these cells (as in the case of Huntington’s disease and glioma) could contribute to and even signal brain pathology. We address here critical issues faced by the field of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, arguing from well-documented as well as speculative perspectives for a potential role for stem cells in the pathology of many human neurological diseases. Although stem cell responses may result in regenerative failure, in many cases they may help in the establishment or re-establishment of a functional neural circuitry (eg, after stroke). Therefore, we would argue that stem cells have a crucial-either positive or negative-role in the pathology of many neurological diseases.Modern Pathology advance online publication, 4 November 2011; doi:10.1038/modpathol.2011.165.

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Dr. Steindler is a Professor of Neurosurgery and also a member of the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration

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Michael Okun

Professor of Neurology, expert on Parkinson's disease and other basal ganglia disorders, deep brain stimulation, author of over 300 research papers and the bestselling book…

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