New Finding by UTHealth research: Stem cell therapy appears to have TBI treatment effect

In a recent study out of Houston – (Nov. 2, 2016) – the results of a cellular therapy clinical trial for traumatic brain injury (TBI) using a patient’s own stem cells showed that the therapy appears to dampen the body’s neuroinflammatory response to trauma and preserve brain tissue, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Dr. Charles S. Cox, Jr., M.D. explained that the data derived from this trial moves beyond just testing  safety in this approach.  Dr. Cox is the principal investigator of the study, the George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair in Neurosciences at UTHealth, professor in the Department of Pediatric Surgery and co-director of the Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute. Dr. Cox expands, “We now have a hint of a treatment effect that mirrors our pre-clinical work, and we are now pursuing this approach in a Phase 2b clinical trial sponsored by the Joint Warfighter Program within the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, as well as our ongoing Phase 2b pediatric severe TBI clinical trial – both using the same autologous cell therapy.”

Click here to find out more about Dr. Cox’s over two-decade study.