New Mayo Clinic Stem Cell Research Shows Promising Results for Paralysis

May 2, 2024

Stem cells derived from a patient’s own fat may improve sensation and movement after traumatic spinal cord injuries, according to new research by the Mayo Clinic. The findings of a phase-one clinical trial were recently published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

Of the 10 adults in the study, seven participants showed improvements based on the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) Impairment Scale. They included increased sensation when tested with a pinprick and light touch, increased strength in certain muscle groups, and recovery of voluntary bowel function. The scale has five levels, ranging from complete loss of function to normal function. The seven participants who improved each moved up at least one level on the ASIA scale. 

Watch a “Good Morning America” story featuring a man with quadriplegia who participated in the study:

8 responses to “New Mayo Clinic Stem Cell Research Shows Promising Results for Paralysis”

  1. Jacqueline says:

    I’m a t3 spinal.cord injury and would love to start this research.

  2. Lisa says:

    My son is a complete from waist down he is only 22 years old now and I would love for him to be able to have this.

  3. Kimberly Wombough says:

    Would this also help people who have had spinal cord tumor resections? I had an Ependymoma resected 1/2020 which left my left side affected. Paralyzed hand, and proprioception issues which make it hard to walk.
    If someone could give me more information that would be awesome.

  4. Marie Wilkinson says:

    I would like to have more information on how to receive this treatment! Paralyzed from the waist down currently.

  5. Bryan Rigsby says:

    T1 spinal cord surgery.

  6. B Rigsby says:

    T1 spinal surgery left with parapalegia.

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