Matt Kobetić
Secretary general


BSc MSc FNS

Matt Kobetić
Matt Kobetić

BSc MSc FNS

BSc in Neuroscience and a distinction in MSc Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, with special interests in neural transplantology, ophthalmic and oncological neurosurgery. Despite his love for basic science research, he enjoys a good ward round. Talented multi-instrumentalist and precise shooting connoisseur. FNS since 2017


Advisory boards

Board of trustees
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Regenerative Neurology


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Stem Cell Transplantology In Neurodegeneration

No area of medicine in recent years has produced as much hype and hopeful thinking than that of stem cells. So much so that two US presidents have issued executive orders to control their use in research (EO:13435, EO:13505). Many countries continue to heavily regulate or even ban their use outright.

In this article, I will attempt to cut past the ethical dilemma surrounding stem cell use and focus on the hard science.

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An Essay on the Shaking Palsy: Parkinson’s Disease 200 Years Later

Parkinson’s disease (PD) was first identified by James Parkinson in 1817. A chronic disorder of the central nervous system (CNS), it affects the basal ganglia and motor systems of the brain. It is characterised by the loss of A9 dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) area of the midbrain. Loss of these neurons leads to a decrease in the dopamine supply to their projection zones.

The underlying process for the observed cell death in this area is not yet known. It has, however, been shown that a build-up of Lewy Bodies could be, in part, responsible. Lewy Bodies are an aggregation of proteins that cause the normal cellular functions to be impaired or even stop completely. Symptoms of PD appear slowly over time, with the first symptom usually being a gait disturbance or a difficulty in writing.

 

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