Stem Cells in CNS Injury Research Group

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Group leader: Dr Wendy Leadbeater

Overview

The Stem Cells in CNS Injury research group is evaluating the use of mesenchymal stem cells and dental pulp stem cells for neural and ocular repair. The group encompasses research groups from across the University of Birmingham, with a common interest in all aspects of stem cells, tissue engineering, repair and regeneration and the development of their therapeutic and biotechnological potential.

Our research group

The Stem Cells in CNS Injury research group carries out translational research linked with the activity of the University of Birmingham Stem Cell Centre.  Our lab uses in vivo and in vitro models that have been developed to mimic the pathophysiological changes seen in neural injury and disease.

Our research is cross-disciplinary and links in areas such as Medicine, Immunology, Imaging, Bioengineering and Chemistry.

Current Projects

  • Evaluating the therapeutic potential of dental pulp stem cells for retinal repair – Ben Mead BBSRC funded project
  • Neurogenic potential of mesenchymal stem cells – Nicholas Drinkall BBSRC funded project

Staff

Principal Investigators
Professor Ann Logan
Dr Wendy Leadbeater
Dr Ana Maria Gonzalez
Dr Antonio Belli

Honorary Staff
Dr Graham Flint - University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, UK
Professor Martin Berry - School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, College of Medicine and Dentistry

Internal Collaborators
Dr Ben Scheven - School of Dentistry, College of Medicine and Dentistry
Dr Phil Newsome - School of Immunity and Infection, College of Medicine and Dentistry
Professor Jon Frampton - School of Immunity and Infection, College of Medicine and Dentistry

PhD Students
Ben Mead
Nicholas Drinkall