Through treating everything from strokes to car accident traumas, neurosurgeon Dr Jocelyne Bloch knows the brain’s inability to repair itself all too well. But now, she suggests, she and her colleagues may have found the key to neural repair: Doublecortin-positive cells. Similar to stem cells, they are extremely adaptable and, when extracted from a brain, cultured and then re-injected in a lesioned area of the same brain, they can help repair and rebuild it. “With a little help,” Bloch says, “the brain may be able to help itself.”
Dr Jocelyne Bloch Is Helping To Unlock Potential Self-Healing Capacities Of The Human Brain
Swiss neurosurgeon, Dr Jocelyne Bloch, is an expert in deep brain stimulation and neuromodulation for movement disorders. Her recent work focuses on cortical cells, called doublecortin, related to neurogenesis and brain repair. In collaboration with Jean François Brunet and others, she is pioneering the development of adult brain cell transplantation for patients with stroke, using their own stem cells. She aims at gathering all these novel therapeutic strategies under a common umbrella that will optimise treatment options for patients suffering from neurological impairments. She is in charge of the Functional Neurosurgery Unit at the Lausanne University Hospital (French language site).
The Health-Care Survivor’s Comment
I am genuinely fascinated by this work, since my condition, Cerebral Palsy, could, one day, become treatable by this technique.