Synthetic nanofibers to repair spinal cord injuries

Researchers led by Professor Samuel Stupp, from Northwestern University (USA) and Distinguished Professor Severo Ochoa at IBEC, together with Zaida Álvarez from IBEC, appear in the media for the recent study that has allowed them to develop a new injectable therapy that uses “dancing molecules” to reverse paralysis and repair tissue after severe spinal cord injury.

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The study published in the journal Science with Zaida Álvarez, researcher of the Biomateriales para Terapias Regenerativas” group at IBEC, as first author, has allowed paralyzed animals that have been treated with a first injection of synthetic nanofibers in the spinal cord, to regain mobility after four weeks.

The secret behind this new revolutionary therapeutic treatment is to tune the movement of molecules so that they can properly find and activate constantly moving cellular receptors.

Zaida Álvarez Pinto, First author of the study and currently researcher at IBEC.

You can hear its appearance in RAC1 (min 3:10):

 

On he other hand, you can read the impacts in the media here: