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UTMB begins unique, comprehensive project on TBI
Date:11/21/2013

e programmed to protect brain cells, counter inflammation or replace cells damaged by TBI.

"In order to find new treatments, you first have to get a comprehensive understanding of what is going on in the brain after injury," Prough said. "We are confident that those treatments will involve adult circulating mesenchymal cells."

If successful, the study may show that the damage done by TBI could be reversed using a patient's own cells. The project's novel approach will employ cells that are prepared by professor Joan Nichols, co-director of the Internal Medicine Stem Cell Laboratory and associate director of the Galveston National Laboratory at UTMB.

These circulating mesenchymal cells exist in the blood, so they will be harvested by drawing blood from an injured patient. They will then be injected into the same subject from whom they were obtained, so there is no risk of rejection. These cells have already proven their ability to convert to nerve cells and to release substances that preserve the cells around them.


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Contact: Kristen Hensley
k.hensley@utmb.edu
409-772-6397
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
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