Modeling the growth process of neurons

Modeling the growth cycle of a neuron is tricky, as neurons are formed for vastly different functions all over the body. However, every neuron begins its life in about the same way and goes through five distinct stages of development. A multi-disciplinary team of Carnegie Mellon University engineers led by Jessica Zhang, the George Tallman Ladd and Florence Barrett Ladd Professor in Mechanical Engineering, has published a research paper outlining a new way of modeling neurons and their growth process with the goal of providing better models for studying neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.

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