Monday, March 18, 2013

Miami Project Completes First Human Cell Transplant for a SCI

The doctors at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis have recently completed the first human cell transplant for a spinal cord injury. After years and years of work, the FDA gave The Miami Project the green light to start performing human trials recently. Subsequently, The Miami Project completed the first of many human cell transplants as the clinical trial continues. More subjects are needed. The criteria is very strict: They must have thoracic (upper and middle back) spinal cord damage; be between 18 and 50 years old; and have a specific level of paralysis. They also must have been injured no more than five days prior to enrollment. Upon enrollment, Schwann cells are grown from the nerve tissue in the subject's leg and transplanted back into their own body. To learn more about these clinical trials, check out the following link:

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-03-14/health/fl-miami-schwann-cell-transplant-20130314_1_cell-transplant-spinal-cord-schwann-cells


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