Spinal Cord Scar Neutralization, Refunction In Chronic (Old) Injury.

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Wed Oct 30 18:55:51 EST 1996

Here's an interesting press release I found in the spinal_injury conference a while ago.

                     NEW SPINAL INJURY TREATMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                     OCTOBER 5,1996

Seattle----Dr. Charles Carson, President of the Spinal Cord Society, a
Minnesota Foundation, announced at the Society's Convention today a
pioneering new development in the treatment of spinal cord injury.
Research projects of the Society sponsored at the University of
Tennessee and the University of Alabama, Birmingham, have achieved
spinal cord regeneration in chronically injured rats by neutralizing the
injury scar. There are no known side effects and long term
spinal-injured rats were able to consistently regain 10% refunction
with a few attaining 30%.
    A study describing the scar disrupter was published in the September
1 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. It was done under the direction
of Dr. Eldon Geisert of the University of Tennessee, Memphis. Dr.
Geisert and coworkers identified an antibody to components of the
spinal cord injury scar. The antibody was used to successfully disrupt
it which allowed nerve fibers to cross the injury creating refunction.
    In studies now underway with the cooperation of several other
universities and several corporations, SCS researchers are now
attempting to improve the treatment by combining it with growth factors
and specialized bridging materials. Results will he reported later this
    Dr. Carson noted that this is the first time that artificially
produced refunction has been consistently repeated in long term chronic
spinal injuries. He indicated that improvement of the treatment to a
consistent 40% level should warrant human trials.

For Further Information Contact:  Dr. Chas. E. Carson
                                  Spinal Cord Society
                                  Wendell Road
                                  Fergus Falls, MN 56537
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