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Rare neurological disease shines light on health of essential nerve cells

Ian Duncan is a Scotsman with the and stamina of a competitive marathoner, triathlete and cross-country skier. As a neuroscientist at the at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he’s applied his tenacity to a rare .

Pelizaeus Merzbacher Disease in Brain
White areas in the brain of a healthy dog show axons (neural conductive fibers) with normal (white) are pictured. The brain of a dog that models a called shows a total absence of myelin insulation. Studies in the lab of Ian Duncan at the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggest myelin may slowly develop in the spinal cord but not brain in this often-fatal disease.
Credit:Josh Mayer


University of Wisconsin-Madison