- A story on KING5.com reports that researchers at the Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, have discovered high levels of an enzyme not normally found in the brain, showing up in patients with brain damage due to stroke, multiple sclerosis, and some other conditions. According to lead researcher Larry Sherman, blocking these enzymes can help the brain repair itself. Says Sherman, “We have a chance now of understanding a whole new process that’s preventing repair of the brain.”
- Working toward the same result from a very different direction, the Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York is conducting a Neural Cell Regeneration and Repair study to prefect a treatment using the patients own stem cells to repair damaged nerve cells and restore function. Currently, there are no treatments aimed at regeneration and repair of damaged nerve cells in MS patients. This study involves taking certain stem cells which have shown the potential to reverse the progression of multiple sclerosis, from the patient’s bone marrow and injecting them into the spinal fluid. The team says they have, “unequivocal data in experimental MS models of disease amelioration and decreased demyelination associated with this stem cell therapy.” The Center is currently launching a clinical trial of this process, expected to run over three years.