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|Year of election:||2007|
|Section:||Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine|
The main research focus of Magdalena Götz concentrates on how neurons during developmental of the brain are formed and how they can be replaced after a brain injury. Her research identified important molecules that regulate the generation of neurons from glial cells during development and also allow to stimulate glial cells after injury in the adult brain to start forming neurons again. Her latest research confirms that reactive glial cells dedifferentiate into multipotent stem cells after brain damage. Thus, the discovery that neurons originate from glial cells during development of the brain can now be translated into attempts how to repair neurons after brain injury from endogenous glial cells. The main focus of Magdalena Götz’s current research is to understand these molecular mechanisms of neurogenesis and neural repair.