In Doctors Practicing Excellence, SCIENCE & STEM CELLS, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on January 27, 2017 at 1:50 pm

Biomedical scientist Alan Mackay-Sim is one of the pioneers in stem cell research, digging into (pun intended) the enormously productive (flowing?) area of “olfactoric mucosal stem cells” or neurological stem cells from inside your nose responsible for your sense of smell.

  1. Lu, J.; Feron, F.; Ho, S. H.; Mackay-Sim, A.; Waite, P. M. E. Transplantation of nasal olfactory tissue promotes partial recovery in paraplegic adult rats. Brain Research 2001, 889, 344-357.
  2. Lu, J.; Feron, F.; Mackay-Sim, A.; Waite, P. M. E. Olfactory ensheathing cells promote locomotor recovery after delayed transplantation into transected spinal cord. Brain 2002, 125, 14-21.


Alan Mackay-Sim, the scientist whose miracle made a paraplegic walk again, named Australian of the Year

JANUARY 25 2017 – Biomedical scientist Alan Mackay-Sim, whose research helped achieve a feat described as “more impressive than man walking on the moon”, has been named the 2017 Australian of the Year for his pioneering stem cell research.

Professor Mackay-Sim’s work was central to the 2014 surgery that allowed Darek Fidyka, a Polish firefighter, to walk again and even ride a custom-built bicycle. This made him the first (well, not the first but no less significant) paraplegic in the world to recover mobility after the complete severing of the spinal nerves. The success was hailed by fellow researcher Geoff Raisman as more impressive than the moon landing.

Professor Mackay-Sim is a leading global authority on the human sense of smell and the biology of nasal cells. The successful surgery that allowed Mr Fidyka to walk again involved taking cells from his nose, growing them in a lab and injecting them into his spinal cord.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gives Alan Mackay-Sim his honour.

Professor Mackay-Sim, 65, himself relied on a stem cell transplant two years ago when he was diagnosed with myeloma, a rare form of blood cancer that develops in the bone marrow.

He was presented with his Australian of the Year award by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday night…


A history of stem cell treatments for spinal cord injury

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