Neurologic Disorders

Spinal Cord Injury

Because of stem cells’ potential for regenerative medicine, scientists are interested in being able to make nerve cells out of embryonic stem cells or neural stem cells.

In mouse models of disease, transplanted nerve cells derived from stem cells survive and live on to improve neurological functions.

In 2009, the FDA approved a Phase I clinical trial for a drug meant to stimulate the re-growth of nerve tissue in spinal cord injuries, a concept validated by previous experiments in mice. This is the first FDA-approved trial for any human embryonic stem cell-based therapy.



  • Life Number Two

    When former dentist Barry Siegel was struck by a car, his life changed forever. Now, he has dedicated himself to bringing the best science to Children’s Hospital Boston stem cell research. Click here to watch a clip of Barry talk about how he hopes to help patients living with paralysis.

  • Spinal cord injury at Children’s

    To learn more about what Children’s Hospital Boston can do for your child’s spinal cord injury, please visit My Child Has Spinal Cord Injury.