Gel-Like Polymers May Improve Stem Cell-Based Therapies.

Scientists are developing a polymeric gel to protect stem cells from trauma during transplant injections.

Complex chemical polymers are currently being developed by scientists at Stanford University to protect and support the proliferation of stem cells during spinal cord transplantation procedures.  The gels are designed to provide padding for the cells during injection, while also varying in viscosity and the biochemical signals contained within to offer stem cells an optimal environment for differentiation. Continue reading

Spinal Cord Treatment Utilizes Stem Cells.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have begun clinical trials for a spinal cord treatment that utilizes stem cells.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego are set to begin clinical trials to test the safety and effectiveness of a neural stem cell transplant designed to treat spinal cord injuries.  In an animal model, the stem cells were able to regenerate the nerves across the site of injury, resulting in the restoration of mobility in the legs. Continue reading

Spinal Cord Injury Stem Cell Treatment Enters Clinical Trials.

A new treatment aims to treat spinal cord injuries by injecting stem cells into the spinal cord.

A medical team from the University of Calgary is now recruiting candidates to participate in the phase one clinical trial for a new stem cell therapy that aims to treat spinal cord injuries.  The researchers plan to inject stem cells into the spinal cord two sites above and two sites below the point of injury to recreate lost or damaged tissue. Continue reading