Michael Todorovic

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One of the promising strategies for neural repair therapies is the transplantation of olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) which are the glial cells of the olfactory system. We evaluated the effects of curcumin on the behaviour of mouse OECs to determine if it could be of use to further enhance the therapeutic potential of OECs. Curcumin, a natural polyphenol(More)
Angiogenesis inhibition is a promising approach for treating metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). Recent evidences support the seemingly counterintuitive ability of certain antiangiogenic drugs to promote normalization of residual tumor vessels with important clinical implications. Lenalidomide is an oral drug with immune-modulatory and anti-angiogenic(More)
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a complex multifactorial disorder that has been associated with the processes of oxidative stress. In the absence of curative therapies, modification of the neurodegenerative process—including the manipulation of endogenous antioxidant pathways—is the focus of intensive research. Recently, genetic and pharmacological accretion of(More)
Effective engagement of nursing students in the study of biosciences remains a challenge for many tertiary institutes. In this study we attempted to implement and then evaluate a simple hands-on intervention, consisting of a series of hands-on games and puzzles, to increase nursing student engagement with core concepts and anatomical learning involved in(More)
A recent meta-analysis suggested that rare CAG repeat variants in the gene that encodes polymerase gamma (POLG1) predispose individuals to develop Parkinson's disease (PD); alternative alleles were proposed to increase risk by 27%. In the current case-control study of 2255 Australians, we observed no statistical association between individuals possessing(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a complex neurodegenerative disorder influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The molecular mechanisms that underlie PD are unknown; however, oxidative stress and impairment of antioxidant defence mechanisms have been implicated as major contributors to disease pathogenesis. Previously, we have reported a(More)
Parkinson's disease is a complex age-related neurodegenerative disorder. Approximately 90% of Parkinson's disease cases are idiopathic, of unknown origin. The aetiology of Parkinson's disease is not fully understood but increasing evidence implies a failure in fundamental cellular processes including mitochondrial dysfunction and increased oxidative stress.(More)