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    Sorry if this is already posted I did a search for mckerracher and nothing came up so maybe this is new informatio

    Spinal cord sufferers receive new hope

    By CP

    TORONTO -- A Montreal researcher appears to have added another important
    piece to the rapidly evolving puzzle that is spinal cord research.

    Working in mice, Lisa McKerracher and her team has found a way to block
    proteins that inhibit nerve regrowth in the spine.

    Such regrowth -- once thought to be impossible -- is needed to restore
    movement and sensation below the site of a spinal cord break.

    The work of McKerracher and others in this burgeoning field are creating
    hope that, in future, a spinal cord injury will not be the life-altering
    event it is today.

    "This is a field where we are going to see clinical therapies in the
    foreseeable future," McKerracher said yesterday.

    "It doesn't mean . . . people are going to be jumping out of
    wheelchairs. What it does mean is that Number 1, we can lessen the
    damage so that people will not be as incapacitated. And the way people
    in this field think is: Even if you can recover one segment of function
    to that patient, it means a huge amount.

    "For someone who's a total quadriplegic, to regain use of their fingers
    is (massive)."

    McKerracher, professor of neuroscience at the University of Montreal,
    has discovered it is possible to promote neuron regeneration by
    essentially turning off a system called the Rho signalling pathway.

    That system, she believes, is the mastermind behind a variety of
    proteins found in the central nervous system which inhibit regrowth
    after a spinal cord injury.

    Her team's findings were published today in the Journal of Neuroscience.

    "One of the most difficult obstacles in the field of spinal cord injury
    is finding effective methods to encourage regeneration of cut axons,"
    McKerracher said. Axons are threadlike portions of nerve cells and
    conduct impulses from the cell body.

    SCI Pilot, your search should have turned up 5 articles and 28 replies. I'll post this under the latest thread (Bioaxone) about Mckerracher since this one doesn't have any replies yet but thanks for contributing! [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

    [This message was edited by seneca on Aug 07, 2002 at 03:08 PM.]