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Progress and challenges with clinical cell therapy in neurorestoratology

Authors Huang H, Mao G, Chen L, Liu A

Received 1 October 2014

Accepted for publication 17 December 2014

Published 13 April 2015 Volume 2015:3 Pages 91—95


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Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Hari Shanker Sharma

Hongyun Huang,1–3 Gengsheng Mao,1 Lin Chen,4,5 Aibing Liu1

1General Hospital of Chinese People's Armed Police Forces,2Beijing Rehabilitation Hospital of Capital Medical University, 3Beijing Hongtianji Neuroscience Academy, 4Tsinghua University Yuquan Hospital, 5Medical Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing, People's Republic of China

Abstract: Cell therapies in the treatment of central nervous system disease and injury, such as spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, sequelae of stroke, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and cerebral palsy, have been studied in the clinic for the last 10–20 years. Excitingly, many studies have demonstrated that most patients appear to have some functional improvement following administration of different types of cells by different routes with relatively low risk and good tolerability. However, there are some misconceptions that hinder the development of cell-based neurorestorative strategies. It is a considerable challenge but also an opportunity for physicians in neurorestoratology to face these issues. This review briefly outlines the progress made in neurorestoratology, discusses the relevant issues, and attempts to correct the misconceptions.

Keywords: neurorestorative strategies, cell therapy, progress, challenges, neurorestoratology

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