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Reader in Neuroscience will lead debate at Europe’s biggest neuroscience festival

Leading research neuroscientists from around the world will be discussing the latest scientific advances to enhance brain repair.

Posted: 8 April 2015

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Dr Francisco Molina-Holgado, Reader in Neuroscience at Roehampton will chair the symposium "Brain Cannabinoid System: A New Therapeutic Frontier in Brain Repair", which forms part the biggest neuroscience festival in Europe.

It has long been accepted that our brains are incapable of renewal, due to the natural process of degeneration of neurons as we get older. However, our brains maintain some discrete regions of neurogenesis (birth of new neurons), which can facilitate brain repair.

The symposium will explore the latest research on enhancing brain repair through our body’s endocannabinoid system - the brain compounds linking the body and mind, affecting processes such as appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory, immune system, and nervous system.

Dr Molina-Holgado said: “Studies have shown that cannabinoids can help in the prevention of diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s disease, therefore it’s an area of great interest for neuroscientists. The symposium will bring together experts in this field to share knowledge, and to form collaborations for further studies into the potential of using the endocannabinoid system as a valid pharmacological tool for brain repair in neurodegeneration.”

Dr Molina-Holgado has extensively researched the mechanisms that affect endocannabinoids in the brain and hopes that symposium will be an opportunity to showcase the range of research that focuses on the crucial issue of brain repair.

Find out more about the symposium "Brain Cannabinoid System: A New Therapeutic Frontier in Brain Repair", which is sponsored by the British Neuroscience Association and the British Pharmacological Society. It will be taking place on Sunday 12th April 2015.

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