Scientists grow human ‘mini brains’ – MESO-BRAIN features in Medical Express

Birmingham scientists who are growing human brain cells in the laboratory say their work could one day help combat the damage caused by Alzheimer’s and other brain traumas.

Continue reading “Scientists grow human ‘mini brains’ – MESO-BRAIN features in Medical Express”

Meso-brain initiative receives €3.3 million to replicate brain’s neural networks through 3D nanoprinting

BIRMINGHAM, CAMBRIDGE, HUDDERSFIELD (UK), HANNOVER (Germany), BARCELONA (Spain), 9 June 2016: The MESO-BRAIN consortium has received a prestigious award of €3.3 million in funding from the European Commission as part of its Future and Emerging Technology (FET) scheme. The project aims to develop three-dimensional (3D) human neural networks with specific biological architecture, and the inherent ability to interrogate the network’s brain-like activity both electrophysiologically and optically. It is expected that the MESO-BRAIN will facilitate a better understanding of human disease progression, neuronal growth and enable the development of large-scale human cell-based assays to test the modulatory effects of pharmacological and toxicological compounds on neural network activity. The use of more physiologically relevant human models will increase drug screening efficiency and reduce the need for animal testing.

Continue reading “Meso-brain initiative receives €3.3 million to replicate brain’s neural networks through 3D nanoprinting”