Can the damaged brain heal itself?

06-16-2014
Regenerative neurologist Siddharthan Chandran explores how to heal damage from degenerative disorders such as MS and motor neuron disease (ALS).
After a traumatic brain injury, it sometimes happens that the brain can repair itself, building new brain cells to replace damaged ones. But the repair doesn't happen quickly enough to allow recovery from degenerative conditions like motor neuron disease (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease or ALS).

In this TED Talk, regenerative neurologist Siddharthan Chandran walks through some new techniques using special stem cells that could allow the damaged brain to rebuild faster.