(FNA) - Iranian scientists introduced a revolutionary technique for repairing spinal cord injuries on Feb, 4, 2007.
"In this method, stem cells which have been taken from the patient are injected into his spinal cord," Iran's Minister of Health Kamran Bagheri Lankarani said during a ceremony at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Hospital to announce the significant medical progress, where the president was also present.
A number of 25 million people are now suffering from cord injuries worldwide, and 130,000 patients join the inflicted population annually, he said.
In Iran, an estimated number of 70,000 patients are suffering from the said injuries with an annual growth rate of 3%.
The minister also stated that treatment of spinal cord injuries is now carried out only in three world countries, including China, Russia and Ukraine, adding, "But they use other methods which have brought them not more than 25% of success, while the Iranian scientists' innovated method has proved to be more promising."
The Islamic Republic of Iran has decided to practice the method in three other medical centers across the country, in addition to Imam Khomeini Hospital, as of next Iranian year (Norooz) - starting March 20st.
Meanwhile, Lankarani promised that our country can host foreign patients with spinal cord injuries who are willing to undergo the treatment method.
Experts believe that Iran's innovated technique is a milestone in curing spinal cord injuries as it has proven to be much more successful than other methods and repairs injured parts faster.
On Feb, 9, 2011 Iranian researchers at Tarbiat Modarres University managed to optimize culture medium, proliferation and differentiation of cells in vitro and succeeded in differentiating cells on three dimensional polymeric scaffolds to increase the resistance and maintenance of hepatic cells under the aforementioned conditions.