He is also Director of the UK MS Society Cambridge Centre for Myelin Repair, a consortium of Cambridge-based scientists and clinicians working towards stem cell-based therapies for myelin regeneration.MS Society, Wellcome Trust, Action Medical Research, Med Immune, BBSRC, British Trust for the Myelin Project
rjf1000 The Franklin lab studies the mechanisms of Central Nervous System (CNS) regeneration with a particular focus on remyelination, a regenerative process mediated by adult stem/precursor cell, in which new myelin sheaths are restored to demyelinated axons.
Using a wide range of experimental approaches we are examining extrinsic (environmental) and intrinsic (transcriptional/epigenetic) factors that govern the responses of adult neural stem/precursor cells to injury and their differentiation into oligodendrocytes and other glia following CNS injury.
Email: [email protected] Laboratory Location: Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, Clifford Allbutt Building, Cambridge Biomedical Campus Departmental Affiliation: Department of Clinical Neurosciences; Cambridge Neurosciences Robin Franklin is Professor of Stem Cell Medicine and Deputy Director at the SCI.
He obtained his undergraduate degrees in Physiology and Veterinary Medicine and his Ph D in Neuroscience.
The potential medical benefits of this research are to stop nerve cell degeneration and therefore provide a treatment for the currently untreatable secondary progressive phase of multiple sclerosis.
In our lab we study how stem cells in the adult brain respond to damage or disease and are able to replace lost cells.