The University of California, Irvine is the First University to Demonstrate How Paralysis Reversal is Possible
On August 19, 2010 a recent study was reported. The study showed how human neural stem cells can restore mobility. These studies reflect cases of chronic spinal cord injury. This study was managed by the Anderson-Cummings team, which consisted of Aileen Anderson and Brian Cummings. The team put human neural stem cells into mice, thirty days prior to the mice having spinal cord injuries which caused hind-limb paralysis. These cells changed into neural tissue cells, such as early neurons and oligodendrocytes. Which caused them to develop into a spinal cord injury. Three months after this special treatment, the mice had miraculous and persistent recoveries, and were able to walk in two separate controlled areas. Aileen Anderson and Brian Cummings are from the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center. This center is provided to research cell production and run tests. No drug treatments were used in the paralysis reversal study. According to Dr. Stephen Huhn, who is head of the central nervous system program, and vice president of StemCells Inc., they plan to initiate a clinical trial in 2011. The trial that is conducted will be maintained by the strong preclinical data that they have accumulated from the study on August 19, 2010.
Prior Studies of Paralysis Reversal
The prior studies of paralysis reversal focused on earlier phase of spinal cord injury, and a period of recovery up to only a few weeks later. The Miami Project had done studies earlier on, but not to the same extreme. On July 30, 2010 and during the entire year prior to that, the Geron Corporation and the team of Miami Project scientists had been working together to establish different tests that optimized cell delivery techniques. They conducted these tests to a spinal cord injury model. Human adult Schwann Cells may have less risks in terms of potential tumor formation than stem cells. Therefore, within the next year The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis will be moving their human Schwann Cell transplantation trial forward, by using a patient’s own Schwann Cells in order to promote nerve growth and remyelination in patients with subacute spinal cord injuries.
Further Studies of Paralysis Reversal
With more studies conducted in the future, the better paralysis reversal will be explained. Also, there will be more ways paralysis can be treated. Technology is growing a lot faster than what meets the eye. The more funds put into technology the better. The funds are used on the equipment and machines used to run the tests. Organizations always accept donations. If you donate any extra money you have, you are donating to a good cause. The money you donate is used to find a cure. This money will make someone very happy, long-term, down the road.
UC Irvine Today News, UCI study is first to show reversal of long-term hind-limb paralysis, Dr. Stephen Huhn(Vice President of StemCells Inc.), University of California, Irvine, StemCells Inc.
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