Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New Techniques to Enhance Spinal Cord Regeneration After Injury?

New discoveries in spinal cord regeneration research were unveiled by a superb panel of well known spinal cord investigators during a press conference at the 40th Society for Neuroscience conference in Chicago, Il. During the last ten years, animal research has suggested new ways to speed the recovery of damaged spinal cord in patients. New methodologies and techniques were discussed at today’s morning press conference which included the development of a novel diet, the use of nerve growth factors and the enhancement of stem cell therapy techniques which enable the speedy and smooth recovery of   damaged spinal cord or sensory nerves that attach to the spinal cord.

Overall, these findings will help to mold and re-design existing therapies for spinal cord injury, a devastating condition that affects more than one million Americans each year.

 The distinguished panel of lead investigators who conducted these studies and presented their findings during the morning press conference include Dr. Wolfram Tetzlaff from International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries, British Colombia; Dr. Nakamura, from Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan; and Dr. Erik Frank from Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA.

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