Category: ‘Research for a Cure’


A New Japanese Stem Cell Treatment Raises Hopes — And Ethical Questions

Posted on September 10th, 2019

The country fast-tracked the controversial therapy, opening an international rift over who should make health care decisions.

Human Embryonic Stem Cells
Human Embryonic Stem Cells by Nissim Benvenisty [CC BY 2.5]

In 2015, Shinji Kusachi, a 47-year-old teacher living in the Japanese prefecture of Okayama, was high-diving at a local pool — a passion he had developed in his 30s — when a tricky dive went awry. “I hit my head on the bottom,” Kusachi recalled of the incident that damaged his spinal cord and left him mostly paralyzed. “They said I couldn’t use my arms and legs. I was really in despair.”

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First Global Open-Source Database for Spinal Cord Injury Research Will Be a ‘Game-Changer,’ Say Experts

Posted on August 15th, 2019

U of A research team receives $3.3 million to create data-sharing platform including results from both published and unpublished research.

Experts from the University of Alberta and two universities of California are teaming up to launch the world’s first open-source database for spinal cord injury research.

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Finding Drugs to Treat Spinal Cord Injuries

Posted on July 20th, 2019

Researchers have designed a simple and efficient platform that uses zebrafish to discover and identify new drugs to treat spinal cord lesions. The proof-of-concept study was published today in Scientific Reports.

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New Research Takes Step Towards Healing Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries

Posted on July 11th, 2019

Recently, researchers have investigated a nerve repair process that could potentially be activated to heal injuries to the brain and spinal cord. This discovery came from investigating an existing peripheral nerve regeneration pathway and applying similar concepts to central nervous system cells. This research team was led by Claire Jacob, Professor at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and at the Swiss University of Fribourg. Their findings were published in a recent edition of Cell Reports.

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Discovery Reveals Ability of Schwann Cells to Generate Myelin

Posted on July 5th, 2019

OHSU research could lead to new therapies to heal nervous system disorders

Scientists have discovered that a special type of cell is much more prolific in generating a protective sheath covering nerve fibers than previously believed.

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