Repairing the spinal cord

University of Edinburgh

Past award

Student: Alexandra Munro : University of Edinburgh

Year Award Started: 2016

The zebrafish can repair its spinal cord after injury at any age. In contrast, such an injury in mammals, including humans, is permanent. We have developed a model for successful spinal cord repair using zebrafish larvae. Repair and swim recovery at this age is very fast (only two days), many fish can be kept a small volume of water in petri dishes, and the entire fish can be analysed under a specialised microscope. In this project, the student will treat such fish with drugs to find new molecular mechanisms that contribute to successful spinal cord repair.

Research area: Neurological conditions (including stroke)


Dr Catherina Becker
Centre for Neuroregeneration