College King's College
Research Focus


  • Ageing
  • Axon Regeneration
  • Axon Transport
  • Endoplasmic Reticulum
  • Gene Therapy
  • Clinical Conditions

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Equipment & Techniques

  • Cell culture
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Microscopy
  • Other
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    Dr Bart Nieuwenhuis

    University Position
    Research Associate


    Injuries to the brain, spinal cord, and eyes have devastating consequences due to the limited regenerative capacity of adult neurons in the central nervous system (CNS). My research focuses on gene therapy and regenerative neurobiology, contributing to the following areas: 1) Developmental neurobiology: Investigating neuronal maturation and its impact on intrinsic axon growth. 2) Gene therapy: Optimising the delivery of transgenes to the nervous system using adeno-associated viral vectors. 3) Axon regeneration: Identifying and validating potential targets to promote axon regeneration in CNS neurons.

    The Axonal Growth Cone

    Key Publications

    Improving adeno-associated viral (AAV) vector-mediated transgene expression in retinal ganglion cells: comparison of five promoters.

    Journal: Gene Ther
    E-pub date: 1 Jun 2023
    Authors: B Nieuwenhuis, E Laperrousaz, JR Tribble, J Verhaagen, JW Fawcett, KR Martin, PA Williams, A Osborne

    Optimization of adeno-associated viral vector-mediated transduction of the corticospinal tract: comparison of four promoters.

    Journal: Gene Ther
    E-pub date: 1 Feb 2021
    Authors: B Nieuwenhuis, B Haenzi, S Hilton, A Carnicer-Lombarte, B Hobo, J Verhaagen, JW Fawcett

    PI 3-kinase delta enhances axonal PIP3 to support axon regeneration in the adult CNS.

    Journal: EMBO Mol Med
    E-pub date: 7 Aug 2020
    Authors: B Nieuwenhuis, AC Barber, RS Evans, CS Pearson, J Fuchs, AR MacQueen, S van Erp, B Haenzi, LA Hulshof, A Osborne, R Conceicao, TZ Khatib, SS Deshpande, J Cave, C Ffrench-Constant, PD Smith, K Okkenhaug, BJ Eickholt, KR Martin, JW Fawcett, R Eva

    Integrins promote axonal regeneration after injury of the nervous system.

    Journal: Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc
    E-pub date: 31 Aug 2018
    Authors: B Nieuwenhuis, B Haenzi, MR Andrews, J Verhaagen, JW Fawcett


    Hyperactive PI3Kinase delta enables long distance regeneration of the rat corticospinal tract

    E-pub date: 1 Nov 2023
    Authors: K Karova, Z Polcanova, S Suchankova, L Knight, B Nieuwenhuis, R Holota, V Herynek, LM Urdzikova, R Turecek, JCF Kwok, J Verhaagen, R Eva, JW Fawcett, P Jendelova

    Neurotoxin-mediated potent activation of the axon degeneration regulator SARM1.

    Journal: Elife
    E-pub date: 6 Dec 2021
    Authors: A Loreto, C Angeletti, W Gu, A Osborne, B Nieuwenhuis, J Gilley, E Merlini, P Arthur-Farraj, A Amici, Z Luo, L Hartley-Tassell, T Ve, LM Desrochers, Q Wang, B Kobe, G Orsomando, MP Coleman

    Chondroitin 6-sulphate is required for neuroplasticity and memory in ageing.

    Journal: Mol Psychiatry
    E-pub date: 1 Oct 2021
    Authors: S Yang, S Gigout, A Molinaro, Y Naito-Matsui, S Hilton, S Foscarin, B Nieuwenhuis, CL Tan, J Verhaagen, T Pizzorusso, LM Saksida, TM Bussey, H Kitagawa, JCF Kwok, JW Fawcett

    Simple RGC: ImageJ plugins for counting retinal ganglion cells and determining the transduction efficiency of viral vectors in retinal wholemounts

    Journal: Journal of Open Research Software
    E-pub date: 9 Jun 2021
    Authors: T Cross, R Navarange, J-H Son, W Burr, A Singh, K Zhang, M Rusu, K Gkoutzis, A Osborne, B Nieuwenhuis

    Axonal Organelles as Molecular Platforms for Axon Growth and Regeneration after Injury.

    Journal: Int J Mol Sci
    E-pub date: 11 Feb 2021
    Authors: V Petrova, B Nieuwenhuis, JW Fawcett, R Eva

    ARF6 and Rab11 as intrinsic regulators of axon regeneration.

    Journal: Small GTPases
    E-pub date: 1 Nov 2020
    Authors: B Nieuwenhuis, R Eva

    Linking axon transport to regeneration using in vitro laser axotomy.

    Journal: Neural Regen Res
    E-pub date: 1 Mar 2018
    Authors: B Nieuwenhuis, R Eva

    A perspective on the role of class III semaphorin signaling in central nervous system trauma.

    Journal: Front Cell Neurosci
    E-pub date: 1 Aug 2014
    Authors: V Mecollari, B Nieuwenhuis, J Verhaagen