The research at the Research Center for Nerve Reconstruction (RCNR) focuses at the field of regeneration of injured Peripheral Nerve (PN) and Spinal Cord (SC), using a variety of techniques, such as material science, tissue engineering and laser phototherapy. It involves projects designated to promote nerve reconstruction and rehabilitation, aiming at creation of better treatment protocols to both PN and CN injuries.
RCNR major projects
- Usage of an innovative Guiding Regenerative Gel (GRG) in order to improve regeneration and promote and accelerate axonal sprouting following PN injury with massive loss defect - pre-clinical stage.
- Usage of unique hydrogel based on the GRG in order to promote axonal sprouting and survival of nerve cells following complete SC injury – pre clinical stage.
- Usage of special tubing to support PN re-sprouting and regeneration in combined research project with leading European medical research centers.
This long multi-central project followed by a pre-clinical study in rats, is intended to be followed by a clinical trial on the near future.
- Usage of laser phototherapy to enhance PN and related muscle rehabilitation.
The current projects are intended to test and validate the beneficial effect of laser phototherapy on severely injured PN with a view to move forward to clinical study in order to acquire FDA and CE approval.