Researchers at Brown University report that they have created 3D nerve organs cell cultures of mini-brains that grow blood vessels.   The networks of capillaries within the small balls associated with nervous system cells could enable new kinds of considerable lab investigations into diseases, such as stroke or concussion, where the interaction between the brain and its circulatory system is extremely important, said Diane Hoffman-Kim, Ph. D., senior author from the study (“A Three-Dimensional Neural Spheroid Model for Capillary-Like Network Formation”) that appears  in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods.  

“This is exciting because real minds have vasculature, ” said Dr . Hoffman-Kim, an associate teacher of medical science and of engineering at Brown. “We rely on it. For our neurons to do their thing, they need to be close to some blood vessels. If we are going to study laboratory models of the brain, we would love for them to have vasculature, as well. ”

Dr . Hoffman-Kim’s lab…