Brain cell therapy can help ease Parkinson’s disease symptoms

A series of new tests conducted on lab mice has indicated that a brain cell therapy could ease symptoms of devastating disease of Parkinson’s in humans.

A team of experts at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm demonstrated that it is possible to coax the brain’s astrocytes cells that support and nurture neurons into generating a fresh generation of dopamine neurons.

However, the researchers admitted that a number of more studies are required before similar tests can be conducted on people with Parkinson-like symptoms.

Professor David Dexter of Parkinson’s UK said, “Further development of this technique is now needed. If successful, it would turn this approach into a viable therapy that could improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s and, ultimately, lead to the cure that millions are waiting for.”

The researchers still have to check if the therapy is safe, and whether the converted cells can really function like the dopamine-generating neurons lost in Parkinson’s disease.

The encouraging and hugely promising findings of the new study appeared in the most recent edition of the Nature Biotechnology.