Preventing spinal cord degeneration proves feasible in animal study

A new treatment for spinal cord injury in animals is being developed at Queensland University of Technology, as part of research investigating how to prevent the spinal cord from degenerating after an injury.

The treatment was applied to animals immediately after a spinal cord injury and evaluated after one and three month periods.

Researchers found the size of the lesion caused by the spinal cord injury was significantly smaller in the treated group compared to animals that did not receive treatment.

30,000 people worldwide, including about 400 Australians, sustain spinal cord injuries every year.

The treatment has yet to be trialed in humans.

Read more at Queensland University of Technology