The former USSR had two important centres of neurology, one in Moscow and another one in Kyiv.
In each of them were working scientists of great fame: Alexander Konovalov in Moscow and Vitaly Tsymbaliuk in Kyiv.
The communist regime put forward the works in which his scientific achievements were proving successful (spatial conquests, medicine …). When Ukraine became independent in 1991, it preserved its neurology centre in Kyiv and an eminent professor Vitaly Tsymbaliuk with his team. The leading position taken by the Ukrainians in neurology-related research would therefore be able to continue.
Ten years ago Ukrainian doctors asked the following questions:
-How to guide the neurons so that they could reconnect themselves in the empty space created by the injury?
-How to create a bridge over which thousands of neurons, and blood vessels could pass…?
-What kind of material already accepted by the human tissue of the spinal cord could allow the reconnection of the neurons?
Their chemists had indeed invented synthetic products in bio materials, but the tests were insufficiently conclusive to allow operations on human beings to start. They then enquired about the work already done in this field throughout the world. A discovery made in Canada was particularly interesting to them. It was Neurogel.
They then contacted the inventor, Doctor Woerly, but as he had not the permissions to market this product and without knowledge of the country he did not pursue the contact.
Thereafter they contacted by telephone and by fax the president of the Association created in France in order to support Dr. Woerly. They still wanted to obtain the gels for testing.
It was at the same time when Dr. Pinet managed to remake the gel. Jean-Yves Crenn subsequently created a new association: “Neurogel in Action”, and undertook to bring the first gels to Kyiv. Positive tests on animals were made between late 2005 and 2008. They were followed by the first operations on a man in October 2008.