New Research Advances Treatment of Certain Brain Injuries

June 3, 2013

When a Brain Injury occurs, tissue damage often leaves victims with reduced cognitive function and serious disabilities. The damaged tissue was once thought to be unable to regenerate, but scientists have found a way to reproduce vital brain cells that can repair injured portions of the brain.

In an article released in a recent issue of Nature Biotechnology, researchers explained the process for taking normal skin cells, known as fibroblasts, into functioning brain cells, called induced oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (iOPCs). The researchers took lung and embryonic cells from mice and “reprogrammed” them to function as brain cells. The morphed cells were then transplanted back into the brains of the mice, where they soon began to reattach to damaged portions of the animal’s brain and send information through axons in the organ.

The research is important because it takes a cell that is readily available and uses it to heal a condition that was believed to be untreatable.

Experts say the technological advancement could prove beneficial in the treatment of numerous conditions, including:

  • concussions
  • cerebral palsy
  • and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

The Arkansas Personal Injury Attorneys with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton applaud the advancements being made to help those who have suffered brain injuries. The firm is anxious to see medical advances using the knowledge gained by the researchers in this study.

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