What are the possible treatments for spinal cord injury using stem cells?

Stem cells - Future. Fat cells have shown promise as a source of stem cells that may eventually be able to be used to treat many conditions, one of which is spinal cord injury. Stem cells have the potential to transform into specialized cells and tissues of many different organs. There has been much excitement recently in the research world for the future potential but everyday use in medicine is still years away.
Stem cells- now. While there is no therapy commercially available in the usa, there are a few offshore clinics using autologous stem cells for treatment of spinal injury. Additionally , there are at least 9 clinical trials using stem cells to treat spinal cord injuries. Go to http://www.Clinicaltrials.Gov to find out more, as many trials are still recruiting patients, and the number of trials continues to grow!
If any. they are all clinical trials. no one is doing them consistently here in the US.
Cure 4 paralysis? In sept issue cell, a stem cell line called nsi-566 (neuralstem) was successfully used to regenerate transected spinal cords in mice, with over 57% take of grafted cells. Multiple axons were generated which covered 17 spinal segments and formed reciprocal synaptic connectivity in grey matter. Neuralstem has applied for a trial to treat chronic spinal cord injury, and thereafter likely for acute.

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What research is currently in progress or has been done involving stem cells on spinal cord injury?

At this point. Most of the work has been done is basic science of nerve regeneration, and in animal models of spinal cord insult. Read more...
A few studies. Are under way. The first study to test embryonic stem cells in the us has closed after limited implementation..There is a n adult stem cell trial bieng implemented via the miami project. It was aproved by the fda in the last year or so. There are also more trials bieng performed in other countries. The sci professional community reccomends close scrutiny of any project outside of the us. Read more...

Have stem cells been used to treat spinal cord injuries?

Experimental. Although positive results have occurred in annals treated with stem cells and two humans were recently reported to gain sensation it is still experimental with nothing yet reaching the stage of clinical trials as yet. Read more...

Can you tell me more about stem cells and their relationship to spinal cord injuries?

To early to tell. Stem cells are cells that can differentiate into specific cells. (become the cells we want). There is obvious interest in this because in sci neurons (cells) within the spinal cord are destroyed. If stem cells can be harnessed to grow into new nerve cells specific to the spinal cord it would be a major breakthrough. Read more...
May cure the injury. There is exciting research that by injecting stem cells they could replace the lost spinal cord cells and help you heal from your injury. However this is experimental and I am not sure you can find a doctor who will explain this to you. Perhaps do a web search. Read more...