Stanford researchers have found that injecting stem cells directly into the brains of recovering stroke sufferers is more than just safe – it actually reverses brain damage, something previously thought impossible by science. Then, using the iPSC method, they turned those cells into brain neurons and compared them to the neurons of individuals with no family history of schizophrenia. Red: pre-synaptic marker synapsin; Green: post-synaptic marker PSD95. “This could revolutionize our concept of what happens after not only stroke, but traumatic brain injury and even neurodegenerative disorders. Importantly, the stroke patients’ postoperative improvement was independent of their age or their condition’s severity at the onset of the trial. Stanford Medicine is leading the biomedical revolution in precision health, defining and developing the next generation of care that is proactive, predictive and precise. This 3-D reconstruction of a small volume (6 x 6 x 2 µm) shows the pre-synaptic marker synapsin (magenta) and the post-synaptic marker of glutamatergic synapses PSD95 (green). The notion was that once the brain is injured, it doesn’t recover — you’re stuck with it. California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)-funded Disease Team program, Transplanted stem cell-secreted VEGF effects post-stroke recovery, inflammation, and vascular repair, Human neural stem cells enhance structural plasticity and axonal transport in the ischemic brain, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Pre- and post-synaptic marker colocalization as seen with array tomography, an imaging method co-invented by Stephen Smith, PhD and Kristina Micheva, PhD at Stanford. Email him at, Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics), Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, Stroke recovery in mice improved by Ambien, Targeted brain stimulation aids stroke recovery in mice, scientists find. Our center is a designated comprehensive stroke center and provides rapid Long Term Effects On Recipients of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Stanford is currently accepting patients for this trial. Support teaching, research, and patient care. In a recent medical study, Stanford researchers say a new stem cell experiment is transforming the lives of stroke patients. “This was just a single trial, and a small one,” cautioned Steinberg, who led the 18-patient trial and conducted 12 of the procedures himself. With permission from Dr. Stephen Smith. “After my surgery, they woke up,” she said of her limbs. In fact, they may actively suppress the immune system. “Human embryonic stem cell-based therapies have the potential to help treat this complex disease,” Steinberg said, adding that he hopes the cells from this study can be used in human stroke trials within five years. Differences in synaptic resolution by (A) confocal microscopy, and (B, C) array tomography. In a multicenter study led by Stanford researchers, the number of stroke patients who died or required confinement to nursing homes was nearly cut in half, the biggest improvement seen in any stroke-related trial to date. “I used a wheelchair a lot.”. Yet, patients showed significant recovery by a number of measures within a month’s time, and they continued improving for several months afterward, sustaining these improvements at six and 12 months after surgery. “We know these cells don’t survive for more than a month or so in the brain,” he added. A new randomized, double-blinded multicenter phase-2b trial aiming to enroll 156 chronic stroke patients is now actively recruiting patients. We recently held our first ever Facebook Live event. In the study, published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, the researchers took blood samples from a family with a high incidence of schizophrenia. In, 2000 the Center added a Neurocritical Care Program. (The rest were performed at the University of Pittsburgh.) Looking for healthy volunteers Healthy volunteers play a vital role in clinical studies, helping researchers learn how to keep people well. This has led to major efforts to advance stem cell therapy for stroke to the clinic, including our human neural stem cell (hNSC) product, NR1 cells, which is transitioning to the clinic via a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)-funded Disease Team program. * indicates lesion. For more information, please e-mail “It felt like it was almost dead. In a recent medical study, Stanford researchers say a new stem cell experiment is transforming the lives of stroke patients. (C) 3D reconstruction of colocalized puncta. (B): hCNS-SCns-treated animals compared with buffer-treated animals show significantly improved behavioral recovery after stroke 1. These effects are mediated in part by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Sonia Olea Coontz had a stroke in 2011 that affected the movement of her right arm and leg. The SB623 cells were provided by SanBio Inc., a biotechnology company based in Mountain View, California. Strikingly, VEGF produced by transplanted hNSCs (human central nervous system stem cells grown as neurospheres or hCNS-SCns) also enhanced the endogenous repair mechanism of vascular regeneration (Figure 1), which supports our idea that transplanted stem cells enhance host repair mechanisms to promote functional recovery. The use of stem cells is allowing patients with little hope for recovery to suddenly talk and walk again, according to the study published in the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases.