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Pope Francis Invites Stem Cell Researcher Ole Isacson to Present at the Vatican

The Neuroregeneration Research Institute

Research Innovations for Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders

Dr. Ole Isacson, Director

  Dr. Ole Isacson

Dr. Ole Isacson
Professor of Neurology,
Harvard Medical School
Director, Neuroregeneration Institute, McLean Hospital
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The Neuroregeneration Institute, led by Ole Isacson, MD, is accelerating the treatment of Parkinson's disease and other degenerative brain disorders. His novel and productive research team has a keen focus on improving individuals' lives. This work has been the basis for numerous innovations that are creating hope for patients and their families.

Over the past two decades, Dr. Isacson's discoveries have significantly advanced our knowledge to the point that we are currently exploring viable therapies both aimed at protecting vulnerable neurons and replacing those destroyed by disease.

"I am impressed by how Dr. Isacson's approach emphasizes regenerative therapy—that is, repairing the diseased neurons. Contrast that to the current treatments which address the symptoms, but not the course of the underlying disease."
– Bernard Yudowitz, MD, JD, Founder of Wild Acre Inns

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With federal grants increasingly scarce, Dr. Isacson and his team depend on philanthropy to conduct the most innovative and promising experiments. Generous donors have strengthened his efforts both through modest gifts and long-term, substantial commitments. Individuals have compelling reasons for supporting his research:

"Dr. Isacson has a way of connecting everything he does to the patient. No matter what specific area of Parkinson's research he is focusing on, it is always applicable to prevention and treatment."
– Robin Ross, PhD
"Dr. Isacson's collaboration with other researchers not only sets the Neuroregeneration Institute apart, it also is crucial to accelerating progress."
– Cheryl Ross

Stem cells grow to become human neurons

Stem cells grow to become human neurons (click to enlarge)

Advancing New Therapies Through Scientific Discovery

Researchers around the world are building on Dr. Isacson's work and "translating" his scientific discoveries into new therapies for patients with neurodegenerative disease. Following are several "firsts" that laid the foundation for our current capabilities in this field:

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Neuroregeneration Institute
Harvard Stem Cell Institute
Interview with Harvard Stem Cell Institute
Major Summit Places McLean Hospital and Dalhousie University at Forefront of Stem Cell Research and New Clinical Trials
"Have You Ever Seen a Stem Cell?" – Dr. Isacson on FRONTLINE

Official Website

This lab has its own website here.

Neuroregeneration Laboratories Staff

The Neuroregeneration Laboratories Staff (click to enlarge)