It is estimated that there are more than 600 diagnosable neurological diseases experienced by as many as one billion people worldwide. Affecting the brain, spine and nerves that connect them, these conditions produce a range of symptoms and functional limitations, are often incurable and tend to worsen over time.
The Ingenuity team is poised to unlock the secrets of the most complex component of the human body, the brain. Researchers are engineering artificial neurons that will have the capacity to mimic brain structure and activity.
Much can be learned from the groundbreaking work being undertaken in the province with one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world. The potential to isolate specific brain functions in an artificial model means that scientists can study structural biochemical and electrical anomalies without the interference of hormones and other environmental factors.
At Ingenuity Lab, an enhanced understanding of the intricacies of neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and MS, not only holds great promise for better quality of life and improved treatment options, it represents hope that a cure is within reach.