Neuronal Maturation (2015)

Studying human brain cells is one of the most promising ways to better understand the function of the healthy brain as well as provide insight into the development of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. However, growing those cells in vitro constitutes a major gap in our understanding. It typically takes more than a year to develop cells that come close to resembling fully mature neurons, and even then, yield is often low and full maturity has not been reached. The six projects chosen to receive ADI grants in this field of neuronal maturation all tackle one or more of these challenges in bold new ways, including using innovative technologies and novel points of view.