NeuroRestorative Therapy

Organizers: Hiroko Yano, Albert Kim, Fumihiko Urano Read More


To restore neurological function in patients suffering from diseases that impact the human nervous system through the development of novel multidisciplinary therapeutic strategies.

1) Development and implementation of clinical trials for patients with neurological diseases using regenerative medicine-, cell-, drug-, and virus-based approaches
2) Development of patient tissue-derived models of human diseases

Target disease areas
Neurodegenerative diseases
Spinal cord injury
Brain tumors

Specific neurological diseases of interest include: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Wolfram syndrome, spinal cord injury, and brain tumors (glioblastoma, meningioma, pituitary tumors)

Organizers/Contact Information

For additional information about the NeuroRestorative Therapy Group, please contact the faculty organizers Hiroko Yano, Albert Kim, and Fumihiko Urano or the administrative coordinator, Kally Coleman.

2021/2022 Schedule, NeuroRestorative Group

4th* Wednesday of the month
Zoom conference
*Note week and time

Zoom links (WUSTL Key required)

For virtual meeting information email the Hope Center.

  • September 22: Philip Williams (WashU Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences) “Native survival strategies of retinal ganglion cells revealed by in vivo imaging”
  • October 27: Fumihiko Urano (WashU Medicine) “Targeting Endoplasmic Reticulum for the Treatment of Optic Nerve Atrophy in Wolfram syndrome”
  • December 22: Jonathan Kipnis (WashU Pathology & Immunology) “Brain edges at the central stage of neuroimmunology”
  • January 26: Sidhartha Mahali (Karch lab, WashU Psychiatry)  “Stem cell models of aging-related disorders”
  • February 23: Eric Leuthardt (WashU Neurosurgery) “Brain Computer Interfaces: Treatment of stroke and other network disorders”
  • March 23: Yo Sasaki (WashU Genetics) “The role of SARM1 in retinal health and disease”
  • April 27: Andrew Nguyen (Saint Louis University) “ASO-Based Therapeutic Approach for Progranulin-Deficient Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)”
  • May 25: Andrew Yoo (WashU Developmental Biology) “Disease stage-dependent modeling of Huntington’s disease”

For previous years’ talks, check out the archives links below.

All meetings are listed on the ONR Calendar of the Office of Neuroscience Research.

Archives of previous seasons







NeuroRestorative Faculty Members

Faculty organizers: Hiroko Yano, Albert Kim (WashU Neurosurgery), Fumihiko Urano (WashU Medicine)

Affiliated faculty members

Rajendra Apte (WashU Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences)
Angela Bowman (WashU Developmental Biology)
Hong Chen (WashU Biomedical Engineering/Radiation Oncology)
Mai Dang (WashU Neurology)
Patricia Dickson (WashU Pediatrics)
Albert Kim (WashU Neurosurgery)
Jonathan Kipnis (WashU Pathology & Immunology)
Eric Lenze (WashU Psychiatry)
Timothy Miller (WashU Neurology)
Jeffrey Millman (WashU Medicine)
Andrew Nguyen (Saint Louis University)
Cynthia Ortinau (WashU Pediatrics)
Wilson Zachary Ray (WashU Neurosurgery)
Maria Remedi (WashU Medicine)
Jennifer Strahle (WashU Neurosurgery)
Fumihiko Urano (WashU Medicine)
Hiroko Yano (WashU Neurosurgery)
Andrew Yoo (WashU Developmental Biology)