Science Questions

Can you repair the mind?

Sun, 13th Sep 2009

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Question

Jimi Hahn asked:

Can you repair the mind, like bi-polar or any mental illness for that matter through this technology?

Answer

Kat -   I think it should be possible.  Thereís certainly some evidence that I think anti-depressant drugs can change the turnover of cells.  It would be interesting to see if Sianís got any views on this.

Sian -   Yeah.  Thatís certainly true that depression reduces the turnover of cells in the brain.  So certainly from that point of view, the regeneration might have a possibility and things like repairing the pathways that are changed in epilepsy, you could see that would be very amenable to this kind of stem cell regeneration.

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