Spinal cord injury, the possibility of regeneration

Researchers across the globe have developed more neurotrauma therapies in the past decade than were developed in the previous 100 years. These discoveries have resulted from basic scientific research and the subsequent translation of these findings into clinical practice.

QBI Research in a mouse model has shown that removing the protein EphA4 in mice with damaged spinal cords leads to regeneration of nerve processes and dramatic changes in limb usage. Neuroscientists will now focus on developing therapeutic treatments that block the action of this molecule – however, human trials are still some time away.