Wichita State University researcher studying use of electricity to repair spinal cord injuries

Written by Alexandra Thompson

A Wichita State University (KS, USA) scientist is researching the use of electrical signals to improve the migration of repair cells towards the site of spinal cord injury, for improved nerve regeneration. Injuries to the spinal cord not only damage the nerve cells but can also cause the death of the surrounding tissues. When this occurs, support cells known as Schwann cells can help remyelinate axons at the injury site, which can promote some return of function to these nerve cells. Li Yao, a biological sciences assistant professor at Wichita State University (KS, USA), is investigating the use of electrical...

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