Máxima Medisch Centrum in Eindhoven has proved that stem cells can be successfully used to prevent brain damage, caused by shortage of oxygen, in premature babies.
It is the result of a collaboration between MMC, Maastricht teaching hospital and clinical company Athersys.
Shortage of oxygen in a baby’s brain can cause health problems in the long term. Until now, there was no antidote. The researchers hope to change all that in the future, with stem cell therapy. Stem cells apparently protect the nerves related to the brain and combat damage to body tissue.
At present, around one per cent of babies is affected by shortage of oxygen during birth.
Translation: Lizzie Kean (LinkedIn)