Three years after they treated patients with spinal cord injury in a randomized clinical trial with transplanted cells from the patients’ olfactory mucosa (nasal cavities) to build a ‘bridge’ to span the gap between the damaged ends of the spinal cord, researchers found that some recipients had experienced a range of modest improvements and determined that the use of olfactory mucosa lamina propria (OLP) transplants was ‘promising and safe.’ Continue Reading »
Articles Tagged: Clinical Trial
Pioneers in the field of neurological therapy want paramedics to be armed with a breakthrough drug to quickly stop the damage spreading.
It’s the latest stage in the development of a project which started in 2011 at the University of Auckland.
The potential to carry the drug in the back of ambulances follows trials on rodents. Those tests confirmed a dose of peptide medicine could be administered into people’s veins, instead of straight to the spinal cord. Continue Reading »
By involving 18 patients, India will soon become a part of a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, a collaborative study conducted in China, Norway and America, involving 240 patients for treating spinal cord injury in humans through stem-cells.
India will be a part of a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, for treating spinal cord injury in humans through stem-cells. India will a part of the collaborative study conducted in China, Norway and America involving 240 patients led by China-based stem cell researcher Dr Wise Young. Continue Reading »
Asterias begins enrollment for AST-OPC1 Phase 1/2a trial to treat complete cervical spinal cord injury
Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: AST), a leading biotechnology company in the emerging field of regenerative medicine, announced today that Atlanta-based Shepherd Center, one of the nation’s top rehabilitation hospitals for spinal cord injury and brain injury, has commenced enrollment for the Phase 1/2a clinical trial of AST-OPC1 (oligodendrocyte progenitor cells) in newly injured patients with sensory and motor complete cervical spinal cord injury (SCI).
The Phase 1/2a trial follows the successful completion of the Phase 1 trial of AST-OPC1, which met its primary endpoints of safety and feasibility when administered to five patients with neurologically complete, thoracic SCI. Continue Reading »
(Reuters) – The longest-running trial of stem cells derived from a human embryo found that the cells caused patients none of the problems scientists feared, such as forming tumors, and reversed partial blindness in about half the eyes receiving transplants, researchers reported on Tuesday. Continue Reading »
Veterinarians at Iowa State University are hoping to give 60 dogs a second chance at walking.
The university’s clinical trial for paralyzed dogs is testing a new drug that could potentially help more dogs overcome severe spinal cord injuries.
The trial is run by Dr. Nick Jeffery and Dr. Hilary Hu with ISU’s Veterinary Medical Center, and the team began recruiting for their trial in January. The trial will be using the test drug chondroitinase, an enzyme which helps to dissolve scar tissue around the dog’s injury. Continue Reading »
NEWARK, Calif., Oct. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — StemCells, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEM), a world leader in the research and development of cell based therapies for the treatment of disorders of the central nervous system, announced today that it has initiated its Pathway® Study, a Phase II proof of concept clinical trial using its proprietary HuCNS-SC® platform of human neural stem cells for the treatment of cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). Approximately 1.3 million people in the United States report being paralyzed due to an SCI, and there currently are no effective treatments available. Approximately 56% of the spinal cord injuries occur in the cervical region. Overall, approximately 13% of SCI patients have no mobility and 35% have limited mobility after the traumatic injury. Continue Reading »
The University of Arizona Medical Center is the site of a two-year clinical trial for a drug that could help people with acute spinal-cord injuries.
Sixty trauma centers in the U.S., Canada and Europe will test the safety and efficacy of the investigational drug SUN13837, to determine whether it can protect and regenerate spinal nerves, UA Medical Center officials say.
The study is sponsored by Asubio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Patients will be randomly assigned to receive either a placebo or SUN13837 within 12 hours of injury and then daily for 28 days. Continue Reading »
Only hours after a traumatic spinal cord injury, when the life-and-death moments have passed and ongoing challenges are just coming into focus, some patients are receiving an experimental drug that may change their lives.
The investigational medication, called SUN13837, is given intravenously within 12 hours of a traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) and then daily for 28 days. It is a fat-soluble molecule that may protect damaged neurons and even promote new nerve growth, preventing some loss of function. Continue Reading »
An array of techniques – some available now and others on the horizon – aim to restore movement and other functions in patients with spinal cord injuries.
A paraplegic wearing an Iron Man-like exoskeleton took the first kick of the World Cup soccer tournament during the opening ceremony in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a testament to recent advances in treating spinal cord injuries.
The robotic bodysuit took cues from the user’s brain activity to power his steps forward. It was developed by Brazilian doctor Miguel Nicolelis, who is on the faculty at Duke University, and more than 150 scientists from around the world. Continue Reading »