A microscope image of a mini brain organoid showing layered neural tissue and different types of neural cells.
UCLA study suggests researchers could analyze neurological disorders in a stem cell–derived model
Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have developed brain organoids—3D brain-like structures grown from human stem cells—that show organized waves of activity similar to those found in living human brains.
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UCLA CTSI provided pilot funding during the initial phase of developing the organoids to study the zika virus pathogenesis, which aided in setting the stage for the authors' more recent work. CTSI biostatisticians and CTSI-supported research cores were also utilized.