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There are major stakes behind the research undertaken by the Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Épinière because every year in Europe 12,000 people suffer spinal injury as a result of accidents on the road, during sporting activities and in everyday life. Such injuries can impair mobility and cause lifelong handicap.
With the anatomical laboratory of the faculty of medicine of the University of Auvergne at Clermont-Ferrand, the institute has created an ambitious multiyear research project on the effects of SCO-spondin, a protein secreted during growth, and its effect in repairing spinal lesions.
In the long run, the aim of the project is to gain an understanding of spinal repair mechanisms and offer human patients new treatments. This research brings hope to victims and their families.
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