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International Symposium Neurogenesis in the developing and adult primate brain - challenges for therapeutic applications

The Medical University – Varna hosted the first of its kind scientific meeting which specifically focused the process of proliferation and differentiation of the neural stem cells in the primate brain, as announced by University officials. The symposium had the ambition of bringing together some of the leading scientists which work in this field with clinicians working on translational approaches in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders as well as clinicians (neurologists and neurosurgeons) which could get use of common discussions on the above mentioned topics. The proliferation and differentiation of brain stem cells exhibit differences between primates and non-primate species as shown by research in the last decade. This poses the need to specifically focus the mechanisms of neurogenesis in the primate brain as being most relevant to the conditions in humans. The scientific organizers of the event were Prof. Anton Tonchev from MU-Varna and Prof. Gregor Eichele and Prof. Anastassia Stoykova from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany. Photographs by Petko Momchilov.

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