Dr Andrew Clarkson from the University of Otago said that recently a new drug therapy was discovered for victims of stroke which has caused several leading pharmaceutical companies to soon develop a compound which is going to be much more suitable for testing in humans.
The new therapy for stroke victims could prove to be very helpful in unlocking paralyzed limbs and even restoring a greater part of their mobility lost due to the stroke.
The co-author of the study which describes the discovery involving mice in the experiments is Dr Clarkson. The study was published this week in the online edition of Nature, the international scientific journal.
He says that there is even hope for victims of traumatic head injuries seeing the brain mechanisms of repair and therefore the new approach could also prove to be of great help for these victims.
During the experiments the mice were treated for a minimum of six weeks and their neurons were reactivated in the brain which is held responsible for the limb function. The treatment caused dramatic results with an added 50 percent of gross motor limb mobility gained consistently.