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Spinal cord breakthrough with acne drug

Published: October 11, 2011

University of Calgary researchers working on a spinal cord injury treatment are getting some help from the Man in Motion.

The Rick Hansen Institute is helping to fund work on an old drug that shows new promise treating spinal cord injuries (SCI).

Dr. John Hurlbert, along with co-investigators Dr. Steven Casha and Dr. Voon Wee Yong have found that minocycline — originally used to treat acne — helps restore movement in patients suffering from SCI.

“We looked at this drug in a mouse model and the results were fascinating,” Hurlbert said.

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