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Fighting to Repair the Body

Fri Oct 9, 2020
When a brachial plexus injury occurs, it tears the connection between the central and peripheral nervous systems. This can happen during childbirth or during car or motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, after such an injury, the recovery rate is very low.Biology Professor Cody Smith's lab researches the development and repair of the nervous system. His lab is full of students working on issues that could impact a range of diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and POTS. As an undergraduate, Evan Nichols ’19, whose brother was born with a brachial plexus injury, asked to test a theory about this type of injury and made a radical discovery - a common chemotherapy agent might be able to help regenerate the connection if administered shortly after injury.Learn more: