Stem Cell Applications in Spinal Cord Injury: A Primer

  • James Hong
  • Christopher E. Rodgers
  • Michael G. Fehlings


Despite advances in perioperative care, spinal cord injury (SCI) continues to be a devastating neurological condition. As SCI pathophysiology is multifaceted and time-dependent, the adaptive nature of cell therapy has been considered a promising approach for addressing these issues. In this chapter, we review the primary therapeutic targets of stem cell therapy including neuroprotection and neuroregeneration. Further, we present an in-depth review of the primary stem cell candidates (neural stem/progenitor and mesenchymal stem cells), a brief discussion of other cell types, and the status of combinatorial therapies for SCI. In closing, we discuss the translational challenges at the frontier and the progress made at the trial stage.


Spinal Cord Injury Stem cells Transplantation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Hong
    • 1
  • Christopher E. Rodgers
    • 1
  • Michael G. Fehlings
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Toronto & Krembil Research InstituteTorontoCanada
  2. 2.University of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.University Health NetworkTorontoCanada

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