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The Neuroregeneration Program

The Neuroregeneration program focuses on studies to understand the basic mechanisms involved in neurodegeneration or neurologic injury in Parkinson’s disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists use human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which can develop into any cell type in the body, to study these disorders. The work is relevant to many additional disorders of the nervous system, such as autism, schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disease, stroke, peripheral nerve disease and chronic pain. Some studies are working to crystallize or recreate proteins that may play crucial roles in cell death, develop stem cell-based therapies for neurologic disease and understand how cells communicate in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. 

The Neuroregeneration Program at Johns Hopkins’ Institute for Cell Engineering

Researcher Valina Dawson introduces the Neuroregeneration Program, where scientists study causes and potential treatments for conditions such as Parkinson’s and stroke.



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Blackshaw, Seth, Ph.D.

Professor of Neuroscience
Joint Appointment in Ophthalmology
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Neurogenetics, Obesity
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Dawson, Valina L., Ph.D.

Professor of Neurology
Professor of Neuroscience
Professor of Physiology
Director, Neuroregeneration and Stem Cell Programs, Institute for Cell Engineering,
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Dawson, Ted M., M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Neurology
Professor of Neuroscience
Professor of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences
Director, Institute for Cell Engineering
Director, Morris K. Udall Parkinson's Disease Research Center
Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Professor in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Neurology, Parkinson's Disease
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Ko, Han Seok, M.S., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology
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Lee, Gabsang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology
Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Muscular Dystrophies, Pain Management, Peripheral Nerve Disorders
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Mao, Xiaobo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology
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Na, Chan Hyun, M.S., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology
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Umanah, George K. Essien, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology
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Xu, Jinchong, M.S., Ph.D.

Instructor of Neurology
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