An Australian researcher is exploring the potential of a small, but potentially effective vaccine for treating the devastating effects of traumatic brain injury.
Dr David Sayers from the Institute of Neurosurgery at Monash University says he is exploring a vaccine designed to protect people who have suffered a traumatic brain event.
Dr Sayers, who is also an expert in the field of rehabilitation, said the research was at a critical stage.
“The main problem that we have is that it’s not being funded,” he said.
“It’s an incredibly complicated research project and it’s being done by a couple of people.”
We’ve done a number of clinical trials that have shown that there are improvements in people who are treated with the vaccine.
“The researchers believe that the vaccine could be administered to people who had suffered a brain trauma while in the early stages of recovery, or those with a history of brain injury that could be exacerbated by other conditions.”
A lot of people who’ve had a traumatic event are really traumatised and they can’t cope with being in the hospital for a while and it affects their mental health,” Dr Sayers said.
He said he had been working on a vaccine to combat the effects of brain injuries for more than 10 years.”
So, we’re not the first ones to think about doing this.
“I’ve been working with a company for more to five years and we’ve been using the same technology that’s been developed for trauma and neurodegenerative disorders.”
But there’s a lot of work ahead.
“Dr Sayer said the company, NeuroToxix, had a “very large pipeline” of potential candidates and would be looking at other types of vaccines.”
What we’ve discovered is that if you look at the other things we do with the technology that we do for traumatic brain injuries, it doesn’t work quite as well in the way that we’re using it,” he told the ABC.”
And we know that when we’re doing this with people who aren’t really at risk, it does work.
“This is one of the things that we’ve learnt from our other research.”
Dr Domingo Fagundez, a researcher at the University of Sydney’s Department of Neurobiology, said that even a small proportion of the people that had suffered brain injury could be protected.
“There are people who may be affected by the severity of their injuries, and so if we could vaccinate people against this one thing that we think is probably going to be particularly important, then we would have a significant benefit,” Dr Fagungez said.
Dr Fagunoz said that although the vaccine was a very different approach to the current methods of treatment, it would offer a “huge” benefit to those people.
Topics:brain-injury,psychiatry-and-psychopharmacology,health,health-policy,southeast-asia,australiaFirst posted April 08, 2020 11:20:20Contact Anna PaveyMore stories from New South Wales