Dr Bart Nieuwenhuis


Injury to the brain and spinal cord has devastating consequences because adult neurons in the central nervous system (CNS) do not regenerate. Gene therapy is a promising tool to promote axon regeneration. My research makes contributions to the field of gene therapy and restorative neuroscience:

1 – Gene therapy: Optimising the delivery of transgenes in the brain, spinal cord, and eyes, using adeno-associated viral vectors

2 – Laser axotomy: Identification and validation of potential axon regeneration targets in CNS neurons

3 – Axon transport: Increasing the growth machinery in the axon of CNS neurons to promote regeneration

Neuron from the brain grown in a culture dish for two weeks
Neuron from the brain grown in a culture dish for two weeks
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Research Focus


Axonal regeneration

Axonal transport

Gene therapy


Spinal cord injury

Clinical conditions

Spinal cord injury


Behavioral analysis

Cell culture

Fluorescence microscopy


Live cell imaging

Viral expression vectors



Richard Eva

James Fawcett

Keith Martin

Andrew Osborne

Evan Reid

United Kingdom

Melissa Andrews Web: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/biosci/...

Lawrence Moon Web: http://www.lawrencemoon.co.uk/


Joost Verhaagen Web: https://nin.nl/about-u...

Associated News Items



    Cross T, Navarange R, Son J, Burr W, Singh A, Zhang K, Rusu M, Gkoutzis K, Osborne A, Nieuwenhuis B (2021), “Simple RGC: ImageJ plugins for counting retinal ganglion cells and determining the transduction efficiency of viral vectors in retinal wholemounts” Journal of Open Research Software 9(1), p.15.

    Nieuwenhuis B, Haenzi B, Hilton S, Carnicer-Lombarte A, Hobo B, Verhaagen J, Fawcett JW (2021), “Optimization of adeno-associated viral vector-mediated transduction of the corticospinal tract: comparison of four promoters” Gene Therapy 28, 56–74

    Petrova V, Nieuwenhuis B, Fawcett JW, Eva R (2021), “Axonal organelles as molecular platforms for axon growth and regeneration after injury” Int. J. Mol. Sci.

    Yang S, Gigout S, Molinaro A, Naito-Matsui Y, Hilton S, Foscarin S, Nieuwenhuis B, Tan CL, Verhaagen J, Pizzorusso T, Saksida LM, Bussey TM, Kitagawa H, Kwok JCF, Fawcett JW (2021), “Chondroitin 6-sulphate is required for neuroplasticity and memory in ageing” Mol Psychiatry


    Nieuwenhuis B, Barber AC, Evans RS, Pearson CS, Fuchs J, MacQueen AR, van Erp S, Haenzi B, Hulshof LA, Osborne A, Conceicao R, Khatib TZ, Deshpande SS, Cave J, ffrench-Constant C, Smith PD, Okkenhaug K, Eickholt BJ, Martin KR, Fawcett JW, Eva R (2020), “PI 3‐kinase delta enhances axonal PIP3 to support axon regeneration in the adult CNS” EMBO Mol Med e11674

    Nieuwenhuis B, Eva R (2020), “ARF6 and Rab11 as intrinsic regulators of axon regeneration” Small GTPases 11(6): 392-401 PDF


    Nieuwenhuis B, Eva R (2018), “Linking axon transport to regeneration using in vitro laser axotomy” Neural Regen Res 13(3): 410-412 PDF

    Nieuwenhuis B, Haenzi B, Andrews MR, Verhaagen J, Fawcett JW (2018), “Integrins promote axonal regeneration after injury of the nervous system” Biological Reviews PDF


    Mecollari V, Nieuwenhuis B, Verhaagen J (2014), “A perspective on the role of class III semaphorin signaling in central nervous system trauma.” Front Cell Neurosci 8:328 PDF Details