Neuroscientist and Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard University Dr. Zhigang He, PhD, BM, recently discovered a possible way to regenerate CST (corticospinal tract) nerves in an injured spine. In collaboration with director of the Reeve-Irvine Research Center, Oswald Steward, PhD, Dr. He was able to successfully delete pTEN (a type of enzyme that basically communicates to cells to stop dividing, so there is no new growth) from the nerve cells in the brain of a test mouse. By taking out pTEN, Dr. He was then able to successfully encourage the nerve cells to grow, and the CST connections began to regenerate.
Drs. He and Steward are continuing their current work to see if this can lead to restored movement in mice with spinal cord injuries.
180 Medical is a proud partner of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to finding the cure for spinal cord injuries and improving the lives of those living with paralysis.
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