The overall goal of the Spinal Cord Society is to discover a cure for spinal cord injuries. SCSNZ is a small non-profit organisation that was set up to develop effective treatments for traumatic spinal cord injuries.
SCSNZ Researchers have been developing cell culture methods for growing adult stem cells. This work is focused on cost-effective and efficient systems that will meet medicines licensing and regulatory requirements for producing cells for human therapeutic use.
Our scientist believe that the Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (MSC's) that we are currently growing in the lab have the ability to be used as a regenerative medicine, not only for Spinal Cord Injuries but also for auto immune diseases such as Type-1 Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis.
The stem cell cultivation and process required is very similar for both, but more complex for Spinal Cord Injuries, hence focusing our initial research on Type-1 Diabetes. You can read more information about where we are at with our research for Type-1 Diabetes here.
Our laboratory is based at the Centre for Innovation at the University of Otago.