Snorting stem cells : UMNews : University of Minnesota

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on August 13, 2009 at 9:43 am

Amazing!  But…not surprising.  Did you know…

Dr Lima of Portugal has been treating SCI with Olfactory Mucosa stem cells for quite some time now.  Put simply…stem cells from the nose are neurological stem cells and have been used in treatments successfully since 2001!  Even more amazing…they can be used to treat spinal cord injury!!  – http://repairstemcells.org/Home/Science-Advisory-Board/Lima.aspx

(or as my Dad would say – “the NOSE KNOWS”)

– DG/StemCellBlogger

William Frey and his colleagues have found that “snorted” cells can bypass the blood-brain barrier and reach the brain.

By Deane Morrison

If you had a brain malady that could be treated with stem cells, how would you like them delivered—by having surgeons cut open your skull to implant the cells, or by snorting them like a nasal decongestant?

Not really a hard choice, is it?A University of Minnesota researcher has taken the first step toward making this kind of medical delivery service a reality by showing that when stem cells suspended in fluid are snorted, they rapidly migrate into the brain.

William Frey, an adjunct professor of pharmaceutics, and his colleagues in Tuebingen, Germany, describe their work in a recent article in the European Journal of Cell Biology.The method holds promise for delivering not only stem cells, but other therapeutic cells or drugs that can’t easily penetrate the blood-brain barrier…

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