• By Dana Sparks

Science Saturday: Mayo Clinic research is a step toward hope for spinal cord injuries

November 30, 2019

Early research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings examines the first case at Mayo Clinic of stem cell therapy tested in humans for spinal cord injury. The case study found stem cell intervention, which took place after standard surgery, and physical and occupational therapy, restored some function in a patient with spinal cord injury. The report, "Celltop Clinical Trial: First Report From a Phase I Trial of Autologous Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells in the Treatment of Paralysis Due to Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury" is published in the Nov. 27, 2019 edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

The research discusses the experience related to the first case in a phase I safety study of mesenchymal stem cell treatment for spinal cord injury. Mohamad Bydon, M.D., a Mayo Clinic neurologic surgeon and the lead author, cautions that each patient is different, so it's too early to consider stem cell therapies as a treatment or cure for paralysis from spinal cord injury. Dr. Bydon adds that much like early trials in general, the stem cell trials are going to show variable response rates.

Mohamad Bydon, M.D.

"While in this case, the first subject was a superresponder, others may not respond in the same manner. We do not yet understand all of the necessary biology needed to achieve neurological recovery in paralyzed individuals," says Dr. Bydon. "One of our objectives in this study and future studies is to better delineate who will be a responder and why patients respond differently."

Read the rest of the article on the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine blog.

News Release: Case report: Stem cells a step toward improving motor, sensory function after spinal cord injury

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