Scientists have found a way to make the brain reverse the damage it suffers after a stroke, raising hopes for treatment able to exploit the body's ability to heal itself.
Ronald McKay, of the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, in Maryland, in the US, studied the adult stem cells in the rats' brains............ Compared with untreated rats, fewer of the rodents that had a stroke and the stem cell therapy were left paralysed.
The technique has wide implications for stem cell research. Therapies in this field have been held up by the difficulties of getting lab experiments on cell cultures to work in living animals. Professor McKay's work shows a way of using stem cells in the body to promote healing. The team said the findings might lead to strategies promoting "regenerative responses" by activating cells in the organism itself.
This must be transferrable to SCI surely?