Researchers develop combined cellular and molecular treatment to help improve recovery after spinal cord injury

Friday, April 30, 2021

A team of researchers, led by Dr Nicolas Granger at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and Dr Liang-Fong Wong at the University of Bristol, have developed a new type of combined cell treatment with the aim of improving recovery after spinal cord injury in companion animals and, ultimately, humans.

Paralysis caused by damage to the nerves in the spine can last for life and at present, there is no cure for this. Currently it is possible to inject cells derived from the nose (called olfactory ensheathing cells) into these damaged nerves and this has been clearly shown to improve walking in experimental animals and pet dogs. This process is also known to be safe for humans, but it has not yet been tested in a full clinical trial

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