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OLFACTORY CELL TRANSPLANTATION (OCT) UPDATE

Fri 27, Jan 2017

 OLFACTORY CELL TRANSPLANTATION (OCT) UPDATE

A wave of new interest has flowed into the Foundation following Perry's recent visit to the Eskitis Institute and coverage on 9 News. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our additional newsletter subscribers and thank everyone for their support and interest in the Foundation.

We look forward to providing monthly updates throughout the year and up-to-date information on the planned human clinical trial in regards to the OCT.

Research on the OCT is progressing well and the collection of nasal biopsies that we reported on in the last edition has sparked a lot of interest.

Over the coming months, Dr James St John (pictured) and his team are continuing to work on the collection of nasal biopsies to advance the purification process of olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) as part of the global study.

The world-class scientists are being overseen by the Foundation's Board Member and Scientific Director, Dr Brent McMonagle. Brent has been featured in various publications recently for his prolific work on the OCT.

Brent is an ENT surgeon, visiting medical officer at Gold Coast University Hospital, Senior Lecturer at Griffith and Bond University and a key researcher in the use of olfactory cells for nerve repair. With his specialist skills in human surgery, Brent is working closely with Dr James St to provide the nasal biopsies to the Eskitis Institute.

The PCSRF is welcoming expressions of interest from volunteers to partake in the collection of nasal biopsies. The first round of volunteers are required to be in good health, with the secondary phase requiring biopsies from those suffering from a spinal cord injury. Please email the Foundation on team@pcsrf.org.au for further information.

 


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