Scientists in San Antonio are aiming to develop a more effective method for delivering neural stem cells to the brain in an effort to move forward stem cell therapies to treat neurological disorders.
Dr. Marcel Daadi, Associate Scientist and Director of the Regenerative Medicine and Aging Unit at Texas Biomedical Research Institute’s Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC), along with his colleagues at the Research Imaging Institute at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and MRI-Interventions Inc. in Irvine, CA published a paper this month in the journal STEM CELLS Translational Medicine titled, “MRI Guided Delivery of Neural Stem Cells into the Basal Ganglia of Nonhuman Primates Reveals a Pulsatile Mode of Cell Dispersion.”
Daadi and his colleagues are developing this technology in an effort to treat patients suffering from neurological disorders, like Parkinson’s disease, stroke and traumatic brain injury. His research has already developed stem cells capable of becoming dopaminergic cells, which are the cells Parkinson’s patients lose over time. An MRI-guided technique to implant these cells would move scientists one step closer to delivery of this therapy to patients.
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