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The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, announced today that the FDA has approved what the Project calls a “revolutionary” clinical trial to evaluate the safety of transplanting human Schwann cells to treat patients with recent spinal cord injuries. Read More
StemCells, Inc., the California company that has already begun clinical trials in Switzerland for its human neural stem cell line (HuCNS-SC ) in thoracic spinal cord injury, was awarded $20 million yesterday to fund preclinical animal studies of the company’s cells as a potential treatment for cervical spinal cord injury. Read More
A group of scientists at the Salk Institute in San Diego transformed umbilical blood cells into cells that look and act a lot like neurons. They call them “neuronal like.” The team, lead by Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte and Fred H. Gage, said the new cells transmit electrical impulses. That’s a sign that the cells were mature and functional – very neuronal-like. Read More