Researchers in the Mauck group have discovered that using a biological inhibitor to prevent cells in the spinal cord from becoming stressed and starting a subpar healing process gives doctors more time to treat injuries before they worsen. “These data show us that treating disc injuries very soon after injury is essential before this transition in phenotype occurs and the scar tissue forms,” Robert L. Mauck of the Perelman School of Medicine says.  The research findings were published in Nature Biomedical Engineering.