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Name Dr Kevin Kemp
Job title Senior Research Associate
Department Bristol Medical School (THS) University of Bristol
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Qualifications BSc(WEngland), MSc(Bristol), PhD(WEngland)
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Keywords stem cell fusion
neurodegenerative disorders
bone marrow stem cells
neural stem cells
genetic ataxia
Areas of expertise Cellular fusion, defined as a biological process in which two cells fuse together to become a single cell, results in the transfer and amalgamation of genetic material between the two distinct cell types, to form bi-nucleate or mono-nucleate cells.

Accumulating evidence is raising new questions into the biological significance of cell fusion, with the possibility that it represents an important means of cell-mediated rescue of highly complex cells that cannot be replaced in adult life.

My research explores the therapeutic potential of endogenous stem cell mobilisation for central nervous system regeneration. More specifically, exploring the process of mobilising bone marrow stem cells into the circulation, resulting in their subsequent migration and fusion with neurons in the brain.