Which organ is the most important? Many will answer the question that heart, someone will say liver or kidneys. However, the brain provides not only our higher nervous activity, that is, what makes us humans – the ability to think, analyze, generate feelings, but also the functioning of the whole organism. No wonder the most important element or specialist of any system is also called the “brain” or “brain center”.
July 22 is a World Brain Day. On July 22, numerous medical forums are held around the world, where experts discuss current issues of neurology and neurosurgery, as well as raise public awareness on methods for the prevention of brain diseases, the possibility of their diagnosis and treatment.
Diseases and injuries of the brain include stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and many others, the effectiveness of treatment of which today leaves much to be desired.
However, the efforts of scientists every day provide new data on the mechanisms of development of brain diseases and test new approaches to their treatment, among which the use of stem cells and gene therapy offers great hopes.
Back in 2013, the Institute of Cell Therapy together with the Coordination Center for Transplantation of Organs, Tissues and Cells of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine held a scientific and practical conference in Kyiv “Cell technologies in obstetrics, gynecology, neonatology and pediatric neurology”, at which one of the most actual topics were ischemic brain damage in newborns and cerebral palsy.
The Institute of Cell Therapy joins international initiatives to celebrate World Brain Day in Ukraine, and specialists of the Institute in cooperation with leading medical centers in the country are working to develop new treatments for the central and peripheral nervous system disorders and their implementation into clinical practice.