At one time a human being was considered dead when breathing was no longer apparent. Then death was considered final when the heart stopped beating. That was surpassed when it was determined that there was no longer any neural activity in the brain, that is brain death. Now there is a study to see if brain cell death can be reversed.
Research has already shown that salamanders and flatworms (planarians) have the ability to regenerate brain cells. Now Ira Pastor, the CEO of Bioquark, a Philadelphia base organization, is leading the ReAnima Project in India.
This ambitious endeavor will study twenty patients who perished from some trauma. The hearts will still be beating through life support. Mesenchymal stem cells are a potent cell type that can differentiate into several different cell types. These cells along with BQ-A peptide extracts, Transcranial laser therapy, nerve stimulators will be engaged much like a jump-start to attempt to instill new activity in neural cells.
The brain is a complex organ; it contains an elaborate network of different brain cells and neurochemicals all “bundled together” in an amazing electrical framework. Dr. Joshua Levine, the Chief of Neurocritical Care at the University of Pennsylvania says, “What brain death means right now is a total irreversible loss of all brain function. To re-establish meaningful function of the brain as a whole seems like a long-shot.”
The potential for new findings on brain activity with this study is exciting. Ira Pastor cautioned stating, “It is very exploratory, very early stage at this point. The goal is studying the dynamics of regeneration and how it occurs in nature.”
I will be following this study closely. Neuroscience research with the possibilities of regenerating neural cells could have invaluable possibilities in the future.