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Stimulating Neural Survival: A Promising New Treatment for Neurological Diseases, Including Depression

Keqiang Ye, PhD

Neurological diseases, including dementia, depression, Parkinson’s, and epilepsy, all respond well to a common therapeutic process: the protection and growth of mature neurons, also known as neurogenesis. A protein called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) is essential for neuronal survival and growth in the nervous system, and has proven to be important for long-term memory. Decreased levels of BDNF are associated with a number of neurological disorders.

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