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For the first time in the world, the method was tried, resulting in a paralyzed patient walking.

In Antalya Turkey, a paralyzed person began to walk again after stem cells taken from his nasal cavity were transplanted in Turkey into her spinal cord using a method that was first tried in the world.

In a study conducted in Akdeniz University in Antalya Turkey with the help of British scientists, olfactory cells were surgically transplanted into the spinal cord of 39 year-old female, who was paralyzed from the chest down as a result of a stab attack.

Turkish female, who can walk holding on for two years after treatment, said it was an “incredible feeling” to be able to walk again. “You’re desperate when half your body can’t feel it,” Turkish female said. But when that feeling comes back, you feel like you’ve been reborn,” she said.

Professor of the Institute of Neurology at University College London, who led the British scientists involved in the project, said the success was “a more important development than walking on the Moon.”

In the transplant operation, self-renewing olfactory cells were used. Cells replicated in the cultural environment were placed above and below the area that received knife blows. 100 microinjections were made in this way below and above the area where the spinal cord was damaged.

Scientists note that the nerves in the complex network that enable olfactory perception are the only nerve cells that regenerate themselves throughout a person’s adult life. Experts say that placing stem cells from the region where the cells specialized in olfactory perception are located in the spinal cord helps connect the tissues here.

Details of the promising research on paralyzed patients in Antalya and Istanbul Turkey were published in the journal Cell Transplantation.

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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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