The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the transplantation of human Schwann cells in the treatment of those with spinal cord injuries. Researchers believe that this research could possibly lead to a cure for paralysis.
Schwann cells are found in the body’s peripheral nervous system and play an important role in conducting nerve impulses along axons and nerve development and regeneration, among other things. The initial step of the approved FDA trial involves the injection of eight patients suffering from severe spinal cord injuries with their own Schwann cells. Doctors hope that this therapy will lead to the restoration of sensation and function in the patients’ limbs.
This approach has yielded results with mice, pigs and primates, but researchers have yet to determine whether it will be successful in humans. Even if the therapy is only partially successful, it has the potential to change the lives of those suffering from spinal cord injuries.
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