Long known for its healing properties, seaweed again is coming to the aid of modern medicine.
Two remarkable Australian scientists have discovered a way to combine substances from Seaweed with short proteins, to create a structure the body can use in place of the natural healing response – scar tissue.
Scar tissue limits brain regrowth after an injury. The seaweed structure acts like scaffolding, minimising scarring and allowing healthy brain tissue regrow.
Dr Richard Williams (RMIT University) and Associate Professor David Nisbet (The Australian National University), have injected this structure into a healing brain.
- “Incredibly, it had a positive effect on cells a long way from the wound.”
- “As it turns out, controlling the inflammation associated with surgery is vital to improve healing.”
- “This potentially allows an entirely natural, biomaterial approach to treat the damage caused by traumatic brain injury and stroke by allowing the brain to repair itself.”