Save the Cord Foundation recently interviewed Dr. Charles S. Cox, Jr. about his research using cord blood to potentially treat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
According to Medscape, TBI is defined as, “a non-degenerative, non-congenital insult to the brain from an external mechanical force, possibly leading to a permanent or temporary impairment of cognitive, physical, and psychosocial functions, with an associated diminished or altered state of consciousness.”
Furthermore, traumaticbraininjury.com explains that TBI can limit the use of certain parts of the body and can alter personality. It can impair thinking, movement, sensation, emotional functioning, and more. In addition, no two-brain injuries are the same and the consequences of each individual brain injury may be extremely different.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TBI contributes to about 30% of all injury deaths. Every day, 153 people in the United States die from injuries that include TBI.
In this short interview, Dr. Cox gives a brief overview of his work. He and his team recently completed their first acute, autologous cell therapy treatment Phase I study for traumatic brain injury in children aged 5-14. The study represents a significant milestone in Dr. Cox’s research focused on potentially treating traumatic brain injury with cord blood.
View the interview with Dr. Cox below or via our channel on YouTube.
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1. Dawodu, ,A (2017) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – Definition, Epidemiology, Pathophysiology. Medscape. Retrieved August 1, 2018, from https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/326510-overview
2. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, (2018) Traumatic Brain Injury. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved August 1, 2018, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20378557
3. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, (2017). TBI: Get the Facts. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved August 1, 2018, from https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html
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