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Neuron transplants may be available for TBI sufferers

On Behalf of | Nov 3, 2016 | Brain Injury |

Many West Virginia residents have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Researchers have been hard at work searching for possible modes of therapy, and a group of scientists in Germany have discovered a medical approach that could bring enormous benefits if it can be perfected.

These scientists have discovered out how to do successful and effective neuron transplants in mice. This was accomplished by cultivating embryonic neurons, selecting the ones that fit the proper criteria, transporting them to the precise location of the host brain where they were needed and then allowing them to grow into place.

After four weeks the donor neurons were so well integrated into the existing brain that they responded to visual signals, yet they grew in without developing aberrant neural connections that could lead to seizures. The scientists realize that there is much more work that needs to be done, but they hope that it can be replicated in humans. Other researchers have indicated their excitement about the discovery as well, although they warn that moving too quickly could result in unanticipated side effects that could be harmful, such as the cells that were inserted becoming cancerous.

Those who suffer from a traumatic brain injury may have incurred it through participation in contact sports such as football or soccer. However, other leading causes of these types of trauma are car accidents and sudden falls. If the injury was caused by the negligence of another party, such as an impaired or distracted motorist, then a personal injury attorney could be of assistance to a victim in seeking compensation through a lawsuit filed against the at-fault driver.