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Spinal cord regeneration: translating from salamanders to enhance regenerative repair after injury in mammals

Basic Science Research Grant

Research Grant Recipient: Karen Echeverri, PhD

Grant Period: 2017-2019

Award Value: $249,820

Site: University of Minnesota

Summary: Some salamanders can regenerate a fully functional spinal cord after injury, but humans and other mammals can’t. Dr. Echeverri’s research has identified key molecular differences between salamanders and mammals. She is working to learn more about these differences and how processes in the salamander could be translated to help mammals regenerate spinal tissue.

Karen Echeverri, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development at the University of Minnesota. She is also a member of the Stem Cell Institute and the Graduate Program in Neuroscience.