Researchers at Rutgers University have created a bio-degradable scaffold that could overcome the biggest hurdle in stem cell treatments, which is cell survival and delivery. In order for a treatment to be effective, the stem cells must reach the designated site and remain there while they work. "Our enhanced stem cell transplantation approach is an innovative potential solution," comments Professor Ki Bum Lee, senior author of the study.
Disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are difficult to treat, since it is difficult to deliver treatments through the blood brain barrier, and direct injections would entail painful surgeries. Since the scaffold mimics natural tissues in the body, the stem cells are preserved until they are deposited in the brain for treatment. Advances like this are bringing effective treatments closer to clinical trials and eventual cures.
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