News : 2017 : August

Dileep Yavagal, M.D., has found stem cells can speed recovery of stroke patients.

Stem Cells: A Breakthrough in Stroke Treatment?

Millions of brain neurons die within minutes following a stroke, and the dead cells can’t be restored. Nonetheless, the brain tissue surrounding the dead area, although non-functioning, remains alive for a short time. Research has found that stem cells target the area and secrete chemicals that save the tissue and, essentially, rejuvenate it.

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Image showing the relationship between astrocytes (violet) and pyramidal neurons (green) in the hippocampal CA1 region and dentate gyrus.

Miami Project Researchers Awarded Five-Year, $2.2 Million Grant for TBI Study

A team of researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently received a five-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to study an attribute in traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Daniel J. Liebl, Ph.D., professor of neurological surgery, is leading the investigation.

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