Living Cell Hopes To Get Approval for Parkinson's Research

Living Cell Hopes To Get Approval for Parkinson's ResearchWhile there is no doubt that Parkinson's disease has become a contentious issue for the medical community and that’s why so much of research is done in the same context. On the same lines, a New Zealand based company has come up with a new approach which would implant pig cells in the human brain. This would be done under a clinical trial to find some sort of cure for the disease which has become nothing less than a challenge for the medical community.

While the clinical trials are yet to take place, it is believed that this is for the first time that pig brain cells would be used in search of a potential treatment for the disease in humans. The disease is termed as a degenerative disorder of the nervous system which as of now has affected some four to six million people worldwide. Those who are at the suffering end are found to suffer from symptoms like tremor, rigidity and slow movement, and later cognitive symptoms.

It was further claimed by Living Cell Chief Executive Andrea Grant that the underlying theory has already proved its effects in monkeys, but it is yet to show its potential results in humans.

"The support cells are like the regeneration engine of the brain. They enable neurons that are sick to regenerate and repopulate the area of the brain that's damaged”, said Andrea Grant, who further confirmed that the improvement seen in monkeys remained for a period of six months.

It was told that though the conventional drugs can shove off symptoms of the disease, but they fail to cater to the root cause of the disease and thus the symptoms appear later.

It is confirmed that the company would seek approval from the authorities concerned in early May, and if all went well, then they would start Phase I trials by the end of the March quarter 2013.