What is it about?

Re-establishing motor skills and neuronal connectivity thanks to the implantation of carbon nanotubes in the injury site. This is the result of a new study conducted by SISSA – Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati and the University of Trieste that rewards a ten years interdisciplinary collaboration. For the first time, the researchers have used nanomaterial implants in animals with spinal injury, observing the regrowth of nerve fibres and the restoration of motor functions.

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Why is it important?

These results not only confirm the possible applications of the nanomaterials in the biomedical sector but also pave the way to new therapeutic approaches which use the physical, mechanical and electrical properties in particular, of the injured zone to favour functional recovery.

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This page is a summary of: Functional rewiring across spinal injuries via biomimetic nanofiber scaffolds, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, September 2020, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2005708117.
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