Category: ‘Research for a Cure’


Keio University Uses iPS Cells in First Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury

Posted on January 15th, 2022

Keio University in Tokyo said Friday it has started the world’s first clinical test using induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, to treat patients with spinal cord injuries.

iPS Cells
Cells derived from iPS cells and which will grow into nerve cells | KEIO UNIVERSITY / VIA KYODO

In the study commenced in December, the university will eventually transplant cells derived from iPS cells to four patients who between two to four weeks earlier lost motor and sensory function after sustaining injuries when playing sport or in traffic accidents.

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Israeli Biotech Company, Matricelf, Paves a New Way in Healing Injured Spinal Cords

Posted on January 12th, 2022

The company successfully used human implants for replacing the injured spinal cord of a living pig, thereby simulating the anticipated surgical procedure in humans.

Pig

Spinal cord injuries are notoriously difficult to operate on, but an Israeli biotech company has entered a new road on the way to a cure using pigs.

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Elon Musk Targets 2022 for Neuralink Implants That Could Cure Paralysis in Humans

Posted on December 7th, 2021

‘Don’t want to raise hopes unreasonably, but I’m increasingly convinced that this could be done’

Elon Musk has said he does not want to “raise hopes unreasonably” but is “increasingly confident” his brain-machine interface startup Neuralink will have its first implant devices in humans by 2022.

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New Scaffold Design Improves Growth of Regenerating Neurons

Posted on November 29th, 2021

Across the world, several million people every year suffer from spinal cord injury. These types of injuries break the communication links between the brain and body, reducing movement and sensation, and in the worst cases, can lead to paralysis.

Neurons on a Scaffold
The neurons successfully grew into scaffold and were imaged using a confocal microscope. The neurons are colored according to their depth in the scaffold.

cNow, researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) in Japan have used a cnew technique to create 3D scaffolds that can guide regenerating neurons in the right direction. The scaffolds, which were described in the journal, Materials Science and Engineering: C, provide a proof-of-concept that researchers hope could one day could be used to design a structure to help re-connect injured neurons within the human spinal cord.

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‘Dancing molecules’ successfully repair severe spinal cord injuries

Posted on November 11th, 2021

After single injection, paralyzed animals regained ability to walk within four weeks

Northwestern researchers have developed a one-time, injectable therapy that sends signals to damaged and severed cells to encourage them to regenerate or proliferate. After a single injection, paralyzed animals with severe spinal cord injured regained the ability to walk within just four weeks.

Northwestern University researchers have developed a new injectable therapy that harnesses “dancing molecules” to reverse paralysis and repair tissue after severe spinal cord injuries. 

In a new study, researchers administered a single injection to tissues surrounding the spinal cords of paralyzed mice. Just four weeks later, the animals regained the ability to walk.

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