Neuroscientists at UCLA, Harvard University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have identified a three-pronged treatment that triggers axons — the tiny fibers that link nerve cells and enable them to communicate — to regrow after spinal cord injury. Not only did the axons grow through scars, they could also transmit signals across the damaged tissue. But before you get all excited, this experiment was demonstrated on ... yup, rodents!
If researchers can produce similar results in human studies, the findings could lead to a therapy to regrow axon connections in people living with spinal cord injury, potentially restoring function.
You can learn more about this study HERE.