Governments should always support scientific research

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Tehran (ISNA) - Dr. Reza Ahmadian from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, German emphasized governments had an important role in supporting scientists in their research.

“Even if there isn't practical use for scientific research, it should still be funded. Science is what moves us forward. Is there any practical use for a theoretical physicist? No, but a lot of their work leads to massive inventions. If this scientific growth of Iran continues, it would not be surprising to see Iran as one of the most powerful countries in the field of science in the World,” he said.

Ahmadian who works at Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II Heinrich Heine University, stated the level of Iranian student knowledge was exceptionally high and he saw them so motivated, so he thought Iran has a good potential in this field.

“With more support from the government, Iran could easily get come to over the top 10 countries not only in stem cell research but also in every field of science,” he noted.

"My suggestion to Iranian students is to stop developing in terms of studies; they know enough, they should start thinking what actually they want to do about 50 years later in their life in this case. I believe they would be successful," he said.

"Our interdisciplinary research group is interested in the identification and functional characterization of integrated biochemical networks and signal transduction pathways involving members of Ras and Rho GTPases, in health and disease" Ahmadian added.

“Mutations in genes which encoding a number of regulators and effectors of Rho GTPases are associated with human neurological diseases and X-linked intellectual disabilities and cognitive disorders. In this context, we seek to delineate molecular determinants of axonal plasticity and dendritic spine formation, using straight forward imaging technologies and various molecular approaches, including confocal microscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, synaptosomal cell fractionation, infection and expression studies,” he went on to say.

“Currently, we focus on oculocerebrorenal syndrome of Lowe protein (OCRL), oligophrenin (OPHN) and fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP). Controlling neurite outgrowth, differentiation, and path finding, and dendritic spine formation, maintenance, and turn over, these proteins play key roles in various aspects of neuronal development, plasticity, and brain function,” he continued.

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