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Neurodegeneration Research: From Molecules, Big Animal Models To Human Beings | 36465
ISSN: 2161-0460

Journal of Alzheimers Disease & Parkinsonism
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Neurodegeneration research: From molecules, big animal models to human beings

3rd International Conference on Alzheimers Disease & Dementia

Zhicheng Xiao

Monash University, Australia

Keynote: J Alzheimers Dis Parkinsonism

DOI: 10.4172/2161-0460.C1.014

Abstract
Appropriate connections or interactions among different neural cell types are essential for the correct and efficient functioning of the nervous system during development and regeneration after trauma or degeneration. The aim of my research is to understand the molecular events that mediate communication among neural cells in the nervous system during development, myelination, learning and memory, degeneration, and regeneration. These studies have yielded insights into the therapeutic potential of cell signalling molecules to ameliorate or even ablate the detrimental consequences of nervous system injury and neurodegenerative diseases, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, Alzheimer Disease (AD), and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Using genome-wide chromatin immuno precipitation approaches, we found that AICD is specifically recruited to the regulatory regions of several microRNA genes, and acts as atranscriptional regulator for miR-663, by which suppresses neuronal differentiation in human neural stem cells.We have generated transgenic pigs expressing mutant G93A hSOD1and showing hind limb motor defects, which are germline transmissible, and motor neuron degeneration in dose- and age-dependent manners. Furthermore, in a case report we present the treatment of aggressive MS patient with multiple allogenic human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cell and autologous bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells over a 4 years period. The treatments were tolerated well with no significant adverse events. Clinical and radiological disease appeared to be suppressed following the treatments and support the expansion of mesenchymal stem cell transplantation into clinical trials as a potential novel therapy for patients with aggressive MS.
Biography

Zhi-cheng Xiao, PhD. received a Doctor of Natural Science Degree from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. He is current Professor in Monash University. He is the CEO & CFO of iNovaFarm, a premier Bio-Tech company. He has published more than 100 papers in reputed journals and serving as editorial board members of more than 10 journals.

Email: [email protected]

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