Motuporamine C: a novel compound to examine the intracellular pathways governing neuronal outgrowth

About 36,000 Canadians live with a spinal cord injury. Lifetime cost of treating these injuries range from $1.25 million to $25 million per person, depending on the level of injury. Following a spinal cord injury, the traumatized area of the body prevents nerve cells from regenerating. Kenneth To is studying how nerve cells move from the spinal cord to various locations in the body, and which proteins guide these cells to their final destination. Identifying the proteins responsible for nerve cell movement could enable regeneration of nerve cells after a spinal cord injury. As a long-term goal, Kenneth aims to identify new targets for promoting nerve cell regeneration following a spinal cord injury.