Multiple news sources are reporting this week on an amazing advancement in treating paralysis in dog, where olfactory ensheathing cells (OEC), which the body uses for the repair of nerve fibres in the nose, are being used on spinal injuries.
Smithsonian.com notes the nose is the only part of the body where nerve fibers continue to grow in adults. This study in animals could lead to advancements in the treatment of paralysis in humans.
Professor Robin Franklin co-authored of the study from the Wellcome Trust-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute at Cambridge University. He is quoted as saying, ‘Our findings are extremely exciting because they show for the first time that transplanting these types of cell into a severely damaged spinal cord can bring about significant improvement”
Read the BBC report here.