Spinal cord stem cells could be non-surgical treatment for SCI


    New research has found that stem cells in the spinal cord can be used to aid healing and reduce scarring after an injury.
    Konstantinos Meletis, a postdoctoral fellow at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), worked with colleagues at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. The findings could lead to the development of new drugs to treat those with spinal-cord injuries (SCI). The study, entitled ‘Spinal Cord Injury Reveals Multilineage Differentiation of Ependymal Cells’ appeared in PLoS Biology (July 2008).