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Blizard Institute - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry


Stained and illuminated neurons

Lead:  Professor Adina Michael-Titus

The research in this unit focuses on major translational projects in spinal cord injury, peripheral nerve injury, Alzheimer’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. We use a variety of in vitro and in vivo models and the group includes scientists and clinicians. The work is funded by the research councils and charities and we also have established links with major companies in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical field.


The research on spinal cord injury and peripheral injury has in vitro and in vivo components The in vitro models of injury are used to analyse the mechanisms involved in injury and define new targets for treatment. The work is subsequently validated in vivo in several different models. The work is focused on both neuroprotection and neuroregeneration. Neuroprotection work includes the exploration of novel agents, such as phospholipase inhibitors and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are being developed for acute neuroprotective intervention after spinal cord trauma. Projects on new biomaterials explore their potential in nerve injury. Nerve injury and the process of nerve regeneration are also the focus of projects using lentiviral vector –based approaches, which modify the tissue environment after injury. Research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis has a major clinical component which explores new biomarkers of the disease in biological fluids. Recent projects in the unit explore the potential of new metal binding compounds which could decrease the amyloid load and improve outcome in Alzheimer’s disease.

Research Projects

• Development of new fatty acid preparations for use in spinal cord injury
• Characterization of new metal-binding compounds with therapeutic potential in Alzheimer’s disease
• Novel biomarkers in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
• The neuroinflammatory response in nerve injury and neurodegeneration
• Lentiviral vectors in neuroregeneration
• The role of Schwann cells in nerve repair
• Identification of new conduits for long gap peripheral nerve repair
• Purinergic signalling in nerve injury
• Identification of purine receptor subtypes and their role in conditioning-like effects of ATP
• New implants for nerve repair




BSc Neuroscience (Intercalated)


MSc Neuroscience and Translational Medicine


Academic staff
Prof. Adina Michael-Titus (Group Lead)
Dr Xuenong Bo, Dr Ping Yip, Dr Patrick Pallier

Post-Doc Researchers and Fellows
Dr Orli Thau-Zuchman

PhD Researchers
Eleanor Sams, Zahra Falah Hassan Al-Khateeb

Administrative staff

Jyoti Salhan

Prof. Adina Michael-Titus Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2290 Fax: +44 (0)20 7882 2180

Ms Jyoti Salhan Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8605 Fax: +44 (0)20 7882 2180

Centre for Neuroscience, Surgery and Trauma
Blizard Institute
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
4 Newark Street
E1 2AT

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