Students: Lauren Warrington, Alice Liu
Type of project: Basic, Translational, Nutraceutical
Grant Type: Undergraduate
Year of Award: 2015
Supervisor: Dr. Nazarali
Institutions Affiliated: University of Saskatchewan
Description: Fatty acids are an essential building block of myelin, the coating around nerve cells. This protective coating is targeted in autoimmune conditions like multiple sclerosis and is thought to contribute greatly to MS pathology. This project seeks to explore the role of fatty acids in demyelination in a rat model of MS, including their preventative and therapeutic potential. As fatty acids are part of our diet, this project has clear translatable results.