Finding a cure. It’s the driving ambition behind every researcher who works tirelessly in hopes of discovering the medical breakthroughs that will ease suffering, improve the human condition, and perhaps put an end to some of the debilitating and deadly conditions that plague humankind.

In the laboratory of Prof. David Hyde, Notre Dame researchers use adult stem cells from zebrafish to study how neurons regenerate. The work holds promise for treatments of such human problems as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinitis pigmentosa in the eyes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in the brain, and even spinal cord injuries.