Researchers at Ben-Gurion University are using stem cells to study the effects of therapeutic drugs on the brain, as well as which drugs can pass through the notoriously selective blood-brain barrier. Though the barrier is there to protect the brain from harmful toxins that would otherwise enter brain cells, it is also extremely selective and poses a challenge for researchers to create pharmaceuticals that will actually reach the affected area of the brain.
The stem cells are being used to create a model of the blood-brain barrier from each individual’s own (autologous) stem cells. This will allow researchers to both understand unique pathology and cater treatments to fit patients’ unique needs. By taking stem cells from patients with rare disorders, researchers will be better able to identify the potential underlying causes of neurological disorders. Additionally, catering the structure to each patient will allow for more effective treatments, due to personalized medicine.
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