Dr Kaylene Young, a Tasmanian neuroscientist has this week been recognised for her work on brain stem cells. She said she was optimistic her research would one day offer hope for the treatment of both MS and Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr Young said common to both MS and Alzheimer’s was the loss of “brain insulation” cells, the type of which OPC stem cells most liked to produce. She added: “What we are trying to do is find ways that we can push these cells to better make more insulated cells, to rewrap affected nerves and prevent them from short-circuiting.”
The Menzies Research Institute team leader, who won a science scholarship to Monash University in the 1990s before spending eight years furthering her career at University College London in the UK, was given an Australian Institute of Policy and Science Tall Poppy Award this week.
Dr Kaylene Young was the recipient of an MS Research Australia project grant from 2012 to 2013 and continues to make very promising progress with her research into myelin repair in MS. She is also on the Research Management Committee that reviews and makes recommendations on funding allocations for MS Research Australia.
Click here to find out more about the MS Research Australia project grant which Dr Young worked on.