Other Translational projects
Olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs)
Olfactory ensheathing cells are cells found in the nose that can provide new cellular pathways down which nerves can grow to make new connections. Isolating and culturing the human form of olfactory ensheathing cells have already proved effective in enabling nerve re-growth after spinal cord injury in animals.
An early intervention treatment using poli-unsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) which can be applied immediately after a spinal injury to limit damage. At Queen Mary, University of London, Professor Adina Michael-Titus reports that the PUFA solution which is being developed for clinical use appears to be stable and is well tolerated, so it seems feasible to concentrate and stabilise these fatty acids for use in emergency situations.