Page 7 - Club Bulletin 23/04/2018
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Members Communications

          On waking up to another beautiful day in Paradise on the Sunshine Coast, I thought how
          good is this!!

          I was looking forward to Christmas, for the first time in eight years and feeling so grateful
          to have 3

          Children, who have survived the drug dilemmas and have grown into happy adults and
          have their health and future to look forward to.

          I read an article in the Brisbane Sunday papers on Stem Cell Research and got shivers up
          my spine!

          To have this incredible Research happening in our own backyard and to be so close to
          such amazing breakthroughs in medical science is just soo exciting!!!

          Nasal Stem Cells from Paraplegics being implanted into their  spinal Cord…

          2017  Australian  Of  The  Year,  Professor  Alan  Mackay  Sim,  from  Currimundi,  pioneered
          stem cell research.

          Professor Mackay Sim, who has recently retired, is a Neuroscientist, was responsible for
          the restored mobility to a paralysed Polish Firefighter.

          His research has championed the use of stem cells to understand the biological bases of
          brain disorders and diseases, such as Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and Hereditary
          Spastic Paraplegia, Cerebral Palsy and motor neuron disease.

          Professors James St John & Professor David Lloyd are continuing this research at Griffith

          THE  impossible  dream  of  helping  paraplegics  walk  is  within  the  grasp  of  Australian
          scientists who have managed to get paralysed mice moving again.

          It’s  happening  thanks  to  the  work  of  two  separate  groups  of  scientists  at  Griffith
          University’s  Gold  Coast  campus,  a  location  more  renowned  for  its  meter  maids  and
          beaches than its scientific breakthroughs.

          In two years, Associate Professor James St John hopes to begin human trials of a new
          treatment  that  will  see  nasal  cells  transplanted  into  a “bridge”  in  the  spinal  cord  of  a

          paralysed person to regenerate damaged nerves.

          The concept has been proven in other research globally using mice or rats and electrical
          impulses to stimulate nerves.
          This Griffith study is different in that it uses nasal cells to simulate nerve growth.

          “We’ve tested it in mice and we can regenerate motor and sensory function to a degree

          but we are nowhere near full function yet,” he said.
          In 2014 a Polish man, Darek Fidyka, 40, who was paralysed after being stabbed in the
          back, was able to recover some sensory movement after such a procedure.
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