New hope for traumatic brain injury – adult stem cells
Dr. Charles Cox, the co-director of the Red Duke Memorial Hermann Trauma Institute, has received a $6.8 million grant from the Department of Defense to study the use of adult stem cells in adults with traumatic brain injury. The stem cells in this study will be those from the patient himself. Adult stem cells have been used for many purposes, e.g. healing corneal damage, facilitating the healing of broken bones, improving circulatory system functioning in extremities, and restoring immune systems after cancer treatment. Traumatic brain injury is a new area.
Dr. David Prentice, stem cell expert, comments, “The hope, based on previous studies, is that the adult stem cells will help stabilize the brain after trauma as well as decrease any inflammation or secondary effects that could lead to brain damage.”