Organizers: Hiroko Yano, Fumihiko Urano, Albert Kim


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
  3. Understanding disease mechanisms using cell and animal models to translate findings to human diseases

Target disease areas

  • Neurodegenerative diseases, including diseases of the eye
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Brain tumors
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders

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)

2023 Spring Schedule

1st Wednesday of the month
12:00p – 1:00p
Zoom conference

For virtual meeting information email the Hope Center or click the Zoom links button below.

  • January 4: Paul Larson (University of Arizona) “Human Gene Therapy for Neurodegenerative Disorders”
  • February 1: Jonathan Cooper (WashU Pediatrics) “Towards therapies for the neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses or Batten disease”
  • March 1: Miwei Hu, Kathleen Schoch (Miller lab, WashU Neurology) “Understanding neurofilament dynamics in ALS to guide therapeutic intervention”
  • April 5: Alexander Stegh (WashU Neurosurgery) “How nanotechnology changes the way we treat malignant brain tumors”
  • May 3: Joseph Dougherty (WashU Genetics)

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

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

NeuroRestorative Therapy Group (NRTG): Affiliated faculty members

Rajendra Apte (WashU Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences)
Hong Chen (WashU Biomedical Engineering)
Mai Dang (WashU Neurology)
Patricia Dickson (WashU Pediatrics)
Albert Kim (WashU Neurosurgery)
Jonathan Kipnis (WashU Pathology & Immunology)
Terrance Kummer (WashU Neurology)
Eric Landsness (WashU Neurology)
Eric Lenze (WashU Psychiatry)
Tim Miller (WashU Neurology)
Jeffrey Millman (WashU Medicine)
Camilo Molina (WashU Neurosurgery)
Andrew Nguyen (Saint Louis University)
Cynthia Ortinau (WashU Pediatrics)
Zack Ray (WashU Neurosurgery)
Maria Remedi (WashU Medicine)
Jennifer Strahle (WashU Neurosurgery)
Fumihiko Urano (WashU Medicine)
Hiroko Yano (WashU Neurosurgery)
Andrew Yoo (WashU Developmental Biology)