By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Pain & Central Nervous System Week -- A new study on Spinal Cord Injury is now available. According to news reporting from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Spinal cord injury (SCI) results in permanent loss of function leading to often devastating personal, economic and social problems. A contributing factor to the permanence of SCI is that damaged axons do not regenerate, which prevents the re-establishment of axonal circuits involved in function."
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the University of Pittsburgh, "Many groups are working to develop treatments that address the lack of axon regeneration after SCI. The emergence of biomaterials for regeneration and increased collaboration between engineers, basic and translational scientists, and clinicians hold promise for the development of effective therapies for SCI. A plethora of biomaterials is available and has been tested in various models of SCI. Considering the clinical relevance of contusion injuries, we primarily focus on polymers that meet the specific criteria for addressing this type of injury. Biomaterials may provide structural support and/or serve as a delivery vehicle for factors to arrest growth inhibition and promote axonal growth. Designing materials to address the specific needs of the damaged central nervous system is crucial and possible with current technology."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Here, we review the most prominent materials, their optimal characteristics, and their potential roles in repairing and regenerating damaged axons following SCi."
For more information on this research see: Biomaterials for spinal cord repair. Neuroscience Bulletin, 2013;29(4):445-59. Neuroscience Bulletin can be contacted at: Springer, 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013, USA. (Springer - www.springer.com; Neuroscience Bulletin - www.springerlink.com/content/1673-7067/)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A.E. Haggerty, Dept. of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, United States (see also Spinal Cord Injury).
Publisher contact information for the journal Neuroscience Bulletin is: Springer, 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013, USA.
Keywords for this news article include: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, Spinal Cord Injury, Central Nervous System, North and Central America.
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