Neural stem cells build and regenerate the brain—but unfortunately, the regeneration process is not very efficient when the human brain is injured or degenerating. As Canada Research Chair in Neural Stem Cell Biology, Dr. Anastassia Voronova aims to understand the molecular mechanisms that regulate neural stem cells in brain development. She and her research team are also determining similar paths in adult neural stem cells for brain regeneration in people who suffer from neurological disorders.
This information will increase their knowledge of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders. It will also help them to identify biological paths that have the potential to be modulated pharmacologically to improve brain repair. Ultimately, Voronova and her research team hope their work will lead to new treatments for neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis.