Iranian researchers at Royan Institute are currently working on a project for testing umbilical cord blood stem cells as a potential treatment for cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy, the most common physical disability in childhood, causes a wide range of physical symptoms, such as difficulties in walking and coordinating movements. While no definite cure has yet been discovered, researchers at Royan Institute are looking into umbilical cord blood stem cells, which have already proven useful for treating leukemia, as a potential treatment for cerebral palsy.
Dr. Morteza Zarrabi, a faculty member at Royan told Mehr News:
“Since umbilical cord blood stem cells can produce blood, they have the most applications in treating blood diseases such as thalassemia, leukemia, immune deficiency, and congenital anemia,” he said.
He went on to add, “we have started working on a project to use umbilical cord blood stem cells in treating cerebral palsy and other conditions that lead to neurological damage in the skull.”
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