A team led by OHRI’s Dr. David Picketts discovered that a molecule triggered by running can help repair certain kinds of brain damage in animal models. They found that this molecule, called VGF nerve growth factor, helps to heal the protective coating that surrounds and insulates nerve fibres. Their study, published in Cell Reports, could pave the way for new treatments for multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative disorders that involve damaged nerve insulation. The group has now received funding to further investigate VGF from the MS Society of Canada and the HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery. See media release, The Ottawa Citizen, The Globe and Mail, CTV News Ottawa, CBC News OttawaCBC News Ottawa online, Metro Ottawa, Global News, Discover Magazine, London Free Press, CBC Radio Ottawa Morning, CBS news, NBC,ABC, Medical News Today, CJCH TV, iNews, iTech Post, Canoe.com and iAfrica. Co-authors: Matías Alvarez-Saavedra, Yves De Repentigny, Doo Yang, Ryan W. O’Meara, Keqin Yan, Lukas E. Hashem, Lemuel Racacho, lya Ioshikhes, Dennis E. Bulman, Robin J. Parks, Rashmi Kothary.