Scaffold for spinal cord & other nerve injuries
This innovation developed by researchers at Wits University is a neurosponge for the restriction, repair and regeneration of damaged neuronal tissue
Traumatic spinal cord injuries, due to their devastating nature, present several interventional challenges which include: extensive inflammation, scar formation, neuronal degeneration and functional loss. These need to be addressed before even a slight neuronal recovery can be achieved.
Available biomaterials, acting as nerve conduits to allow directed axonal growth, have had little success in providing effective repair means. The approach developed at Wits utilizes a specialized polymer engineered to act as a neural sponge that addresses these challenges by acting as a scaffold for neuronal regeneration.