China Spinal Cord Injury Network: changes from within

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In the past decade, China has seen a tenfold increase in the rate of spinal-cord injuries caused by car crashes as well as construction and mining accidents. But China has a poor record for undertaking rigorous clinical research. In the past few decades, the country has also earned the reputation of being "the wild west" where doctors charge patients thousands of dollars for interventions that have not been shown to work. As part of the capacity-building initiatives, ChinaSCINet organizes regular training workshops, in which experts from around the world gather to teach and standardize the assessment of sensory and motor function in patients with spinal-cord injury, cell transplantation, and other surgical methods, as well as rehabilitation techniques. The aim of the trials is to test whether transplants of stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood-either alone or in combination with lithium pills-can result in substantial improvements in patients with spinal-cord injury. If the ChinaSCINet trials show that transplantation of umbilical cord blood stem cells is beneficial to patients with spinal-cord injury, we will ask the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval to undertake a phase III trial within NASCINet. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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