An Injection to Repair Brain Injury?
According to an article in ScienceDaily, this just may come to pass in the not too distant future, thanks to findings by a Clemson University bioengineer. Ning Zhang, assistant professor of bioengineering, presented her findings at a recent Research Forum in Kansas City.
Zhang shows that an injectable biomaterial gel may help brain tissue grow at the site of a traumatic brain injury. The gel which is made up of a combination of synthetic and natural sources seems to encourage the growth of the patient’s own neural stem cells in the body. Currently the research is showing positive results in adult lab rats: sustained functional recovery.
While human testing is still a ways off (Zhang predicts at least three years), hope is out there.
Clemson University (2009, September 3). Injectable Biomaterial Regenerates Brain Tissue In Traumatic Injuries. ScienceDaily. Retrieved 2009, September 4.