Transplant of nasal cavity cells to spinal cord enables this paralysed man to walk once again
5 The researchers
All those taking part in the research are trying their best not to raise false hopes in patients and stress that the accomplishment will need to be repetitive to show conclusively whether it can stimulate spinal cord regeneration.
The scientist involved in the process, Prof Raisman has an experience of 40 years learning how to repair the spinal cord. In 2005, Prof Raisman was approached by a Polish neurosurgeon that had begun researching how to apply the technique in humans.
Dr Tabakow carried out an initial trial involving three paralyzed patients who each had a small amount of OECs injected in their damaged spinal cords. Dr Tabakow said: “Our team in Poland would be prepared to consider patients from anywhere in the world who are suitable for this therapy. They are likely to have had a knife wound injury where the spinal cord has been cleanly severed.”