Yale Scientists Use Stem Cells to Repair Injured Spinal Cords

February 26, 2021 by No Comments

Good news! Scientists at Yale University have established a significant improvement in the motor functions of patients with spinal cord injuries. They created this improvement by intravenously injecting the individuals with stem cells derived from each person’s own bone marrow. Within weeks of the injections, more than half of the subjects experienced significant improvements in basic functions, such as their ability to walk or move their hands. Best of all, there were no side effects noted.

The study was led by Jeffrey D. Kocsis, professor of neurology and neuroscience and Stephen G. Waxman, professor of neurology neuroscience and pharmacology. They plan to have additional studies aimed to confirm the results of this one, conceded that it may take years. This is nonetheless an uplifting and optimistic result for the future of spinal cord studies.

Source: Yale