Alan Mackay-Sim

Alan Mackay-Sim

Alan Mackay-Sim

Australian of the Year 2017 |
Biomedical scientist treating spinal cord injuries

Biogragrahy:

From:
Queensland

Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim is a leader in stem cell research and cell transplantation therapy. His research on the regeneration of the sense of smell in the nose led to the first clinical trial of a therapy to treat human paraplegia in which the patient’s own olfactory cells were transplanted into their injured spinal cord. Stem cells from patient’s noses are used to understand such as schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, and to develop new drug therapies.