December 26, 2019

Stem Cells Help Rats with Paraplegia Walk Again

Prof. Shulamit Levenberg

In a study led by Professor Shulamit Levenberg, paraplegic rats were able to walk again after receiving stem cell therapy. After just three weeks, 42% of the rodents improved their ability to walk and support their weight, and some 75% of the animals were able to respond to stimuli on their back legs after being treated.  This research has promising implications for future approaches to treat people with spinal cord injuries.

Prof. Levenberg is dean of the Technion Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, and holder of the Stan and Sylvia Shirvan Chair in Cancer and Life Sciences.