The brain’s capacity to regenerate


Professor Richard Faull delivered a TEDxAuckland talk on his research in neurogenesis which address the issues related to the brain’s ability to generate new cell growth. For years science has regarded the brain has an organ which was unable to generate new cells. Dr. Faull, in this great talk, spoke of the stem cells around the ventricles and the migration of these cells towards the front of the brain. Based on his research into Huntington’s Disease, Dr. Faull discusses the movement of these new brain cells along what he called a “motorway”. His research which has been published in Science points to the specific mechanisms of neurogenesis and of cell movement. As he suggested towards the close of this TED talk: “use it or lose it”.

Click here to watch Dr. Faull’s talk.


About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.

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