Whilst stem cells have been shown to present significant possibilities regarding the treatment of illnesses such as certain types of Cancers, Diabetes and Rheumatoid Arthritis, no such breakthroughs had been made for the repair of damaged skull and craniofacial bone – until now.
A new publication in Nature Communications has reported that a group of researchers in Rochester has isolated a particular type of stem cell which is capable of such repair in mice, which could form an important step in the possible treatment of skull deformity condition seen in infants called craniosynostosis, which can lead to increased and potentially life-threatening pressure on the brain. Looking further into the future, the research team believe that such stem cell therapy may eventually have possible uses in bone and skull repair caused by head trauma
Scott Wolf, Grace?s CEO comments “as brought up by our adviser Eddie Leong, scientists are discovering a specific body of stem cell that can repair the a skull. It will not be long before scientists will try to repair the under-developed skulls of the Zika virus infection. Also, this is great news for war trauma soldiers.”