Monday, September 14, 2009
The Cure - It's Here! First Stem Cell Trials for SCI
WillWalk, an Austin based non-profit organization has committed itself to be at the forefront of ending Paralysis. WillWalk will raise $3 million to help fund the first non-controversial human stem cell trials for people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI).
The money raised will fund the first of this kind of research in the U.S. The stem cells being used are a non-controversial adult stem cell from umbilical cord blood. These studies will be a landmark achievement in medicine and will be the first time stem cells are used on humans to treat chronic SCI.
Dr. Wise Young from the Keck Institute in New Jersey, is currently collaborating with doctors in Austin to work on conducting trials at the Brackenridge Brain and Spine Center in Austin, TX in conjunction with the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation. Initially, the trials will involve 30 patients of which a portion will be treated with the stem cells, and with Lithium to promote neuron growth, and extensive rehabilitation.