This lab has years of work behind it in identifying and using nerve growth factors in spinal cord injured rats. There is also a huge amount of previous research at many research groups indicating that the use of tissue scaffolds such as Schwann cells may have significant value to routing the sprouting axons into the right location and past scar tissue. This study is the next step in these lines of research.

It is most unlikely that only one intervention will be needed to regrow/heal spinal cord damage. One presentation I saw at ASIA several years ago predicted that a combination of at least 6 different interventions would ultimately be needed. One of the major challenges is in determining in what combination, what order, and what dose.