CBR Seminar: Neurogenesis, neuroplasticity and rehabilitation Event as iCalendar

30 November 2016

10 - 11am

Venue: CBR Seminar Room 501-505

Location: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Host: Dr Pablo Devesa

Cost: Free

Contact info: Frankie Favero

Contact email: f.favero@auckland.ac.nz


“The role of GH/IGF-I axis and neurorehabilitation in the functional improvement of acquired brain injuries”


A number of different Growth Factors interact in neurogenic niches regulating the proliferation-differentiation-migration and survival of neural precursors to repair brain injuries. Among these factors, the GH/IGF-I axis seems to play a key role; acting directly or inducing the expression of other neurotrophic factors.

Previous findings from Dr Devesa’s group indicate that the exogenous administration of GH or IGF-I strongly aid neurorehabilitation therapies by increasing adult neurogenesis and brain plasticity.

In this presentation, Dr Pablo Devesa will showcase research findings obtained from the use of this therapeutic strategy in patients suffering from Cerebral Palsy (CP), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Stroke.

About the speaker

Dr Pablo Devesa founded Foltra Medical Centre in La Coruña, Spain in 2008. The Centre specialises in the physical and intellectual rehabilitation of individuals with neurological damage.

He is both a researcher; experienced in stem cell cultures, neural differentiation, metabolic analysis and oxidative response in cells, and a clinician; specialising in rehabilitating patients with brain injuries and neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr Devesa holds a Master in Public and private Sanitary management and a PhD in “Actions of Growth Hormone on central and peripheral neural repair”