Japanese team carries out world’s first spinal cord stem cell trial

Surgeons at Tokyo's Keio University transplant stem cells into a patient with spinal cord injury. – EPA pic, January 14, 2022.

A JAPANESE university said today it has successfully transplanted stem cells into a patient with a spinal cord injury, in the first clinical trial of its kind.

There is currently no effective treatment for paralysis caused by serious spinal cord injuries, believed to affect more than 100,000 people in Japan alone.

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