SUBSCRIBE: RSS Feed for Spinal Cord Injury Zone Email Updates Follow Spinal Cord Injury Zone on Twitter Spinal Cord Injury Zone on Facebook

Articles Tagged: Stem Cells

Controlling Immune Response in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Published: January 27, 2016 | Category: News

human's thoracic-lumbar spine and inflammation at spineThe immune system of spinal cord injury patients can be controlled using a family of therapeutic stem cells, according to findings published in Scientific Reports.

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University studied the therapeutic stem cells, known as multipotent adult progenitor cells (MAPC) in order to observe their qualities and effects on spinal cord injury patients’ immune systems. Continue Reading »

One Small Step

Published: January 25, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Darek FidykaA paraplegic undergoes pioneering surgery.

When a spinal cord is damaged, location is destiny: the higher the injury, the more severe the effects. The spine has thirty-three vertebrae, which are divided into five regions—the coccygeal, the sacral, the lumbar, the thoracic, and the cervical. The nerve-rich cord traverses nearly the entire length of the spine. The nerves at the bottom of the cord are well buried, and sometimes you can walk away from damage to these areas. In between are insults to the long middle region of the spine, which begins at the shoulders and ends at the midriff. Continue Reading »

Stem cell treatment could help paralyzed patients move

Published: January 15, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Louis TontodonatoLouis Tontodonato’s hopes and dreams may well lie in a virtual coin flip, a digital roll of the dice.

Paralyzed from the neck down, the 20-year-old Naples, Fla., man has enrolled in the first clinical trial testing the ability of stem cells to repair spinal cord injuries and restore sensation and movement in quadriplegics. Early studies in animals and humans have had remarkable results, enabling patients to resume everyday tasks they thought had been lost forever. If those early effects are validated, the treatment has the potential to drastically improve the quality of life and independence of thousands of spinal cord injury patients. Continue Reading »

The Year in Review: SCI Research Breakthroughs in 2015

Published: December 21, 2015 | Category: Information

spinal cord injury year-in-reviewAs we cross the threshold into 2016, we are one step closer to our goal of finding a cure for paralysis.

Moving full speed ahead towards that goal, Conquer Paralysis Now compiled a brief retrospective. 2015 has been an incredible year for spinal cord injury research, with breakthroughs in a variety of potential treatments, on top of important strides made by individuals with SCI. Take a look at some key milestones from this past year and stay tuned for what’s to come in 2016. Happy New Year! Continue Reading »

Motor Improvement Seen in Patients with Cervical Spinal Cord Injury After Stem Cell Implantation

Published: December 16, 2015 | Category: News

Allan-Levi-MDAfter six months, the patients in the StemCells, Inc. trial being conducted at University of Miami Hospital are demonstrating improvements in both strength and function. They are the first cohort in the Phase II pathway study, led by Allan D. Levi, M.D., Ph.D., professor and Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, which is measuring the effects of implanting stem cells in patients with cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). The assessment of motor function involved using tests of dexterity and grip.

Levi, who is also Chief of Neurosurgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital, was the first investigator to perform a stem cell transplant into the chronically injured cervical spinal cord of a patient. Continue Reading »

Stem cell research for spinal cord injury

Published: December 10, 2015 | Category: Information

Spinal cord injury (SCI) involves damage to the area that can cause an impairment of loss of muscle control, movement and sensation.  Currently, patients with injury to the spinal cord are managed with physical therapy, occupation therapy and other rehabilitation methods to cope with the physical changes.

However, stem cell research may present a new approach to the management of this patient group, allowing for a potential improvement in the symptoms of the condition, such as incontinence, muscular control and sexual function. Continue Reading »

StemCells Inc says spinal injury therapy shows promise

Published: November 19, 2015 | Category: News

experimental stem cell therapyStemCells Inc said its experimental stem cell therapy improved the functioning and strength of limbs in patients with spinal cord injuries, becoming the second company to report promising data on the treatment for such injuries.

StemCells Inc said its experimental stem cell therapy improved the functioning and strength of limbs in patients with spinal cord injuries, becoming the second company to report promising data on the treatment for such injuries. Continue Reading »

Stemcells, building blocks of our bodies

Published: August 23, 2015 | Category: News

Stem cells are the building blocksCape Town – The words “stem cell research and therapy” evoke a number of responses. In emotionally vulnerable patients, a sense of hope.

In scientists, a great deal of excitement about future prospects. In the case of legal experts and ethicists, a need to ensure that patient safety and a spirit of distributive justice are maintained. And in the minds of entrepreneurs, an opportunity to develop a profitable business.

Stem cells are the building blocks of our bodies. Continue Reading »

Regenerating nerve tissue in spinal cord injuries

Published: August 13, 2015 | Category: News

Rush-University-Medical-CenterRush begins participation in novel study using stem cells to treat spinal cord injuries

Researchers at Rush University Medical Center are exploring a new therapy using stem cells to treat spinal cord injuries within the first 14 to 30 days of injury. Rush is only the second center in the country currently studying this new approach.

The therapy uses a population of cells derived from human embryonic stem cells containing progenitor cells that support nerve cells and can potentially make poorly functioning nerves function better. Continue Reading »

Will ‘factories’ churn out billions of stem cells?

Published: July 23, 2015 | Category: Answers

Stem cell therapyWhen using this form of gene editing, Cedars-Sinai scientists can more efficiently insert reporter genes that glow when a stem cell turns into a specific cell of the body. 5 billion cells of the heart.

The team foresees their findings being implemented in the regrowth of cells lost during heart attack. And this might tremendously benefit the patients who undergo these kinds of procedures.

Global Stem Cells Group, Inc. is the parent company of six wholly owned operating companies dedicated entirely to stem cell research, training, products and solutions. Continue Reading »