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Jonathan Sigworth

December 15, 2014 - An Accident Inspires a New Approach to Spinal Cord Injuries in India

A cycling injury that rendered him a quadriplegic nine years ago also inspired Jonathan Sigworth to create an organization that helps people with spinal cord injuries in India live fuller lives. A self-described disability advocate, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur, Sigworth shared his story with students during a December 2 talk sponsored by the Christian Fellowship… Continue Reading »

Murray Blackmore-Murray’s Problem

December 14, 2014 - Murray’s Problem

Chapter One – Scientist and Son Murray Blackmore stood at the lectern and tried to take in the dark conference room, the men and women in wheelchairs waiting for him to wrest a little hope from science. But in his preoccupied state, the room was a blur and hope a struggle.The 39-year-old researcher took a… Continue Reading »

Doctor Andras Nagy

December 10, 2014 - Scientists crack stem cell reprogramming code

TORONTO – A Canadian-led international team of researchers has begun solving the mystery of just how a specialized cell taken from a person’s skin is reprogrammed into an embryonic-like stem cell, from which virtually any other cell type in the body can be generated. The research is being touted as a breakthrough in regenerative medicine… Continue Reading »

Intracellular Sigma Peptide

December 3, 2014 - Peptide Shows Great Promise for Treating Spinal Cord Injury

Case Western Reserve Scientists Design Intracellular Sigma Peptide (ISP) to Promote Functional Recovery Following Spinal Cord Injury Case Western Reserve scientists have developed a new chemical compound that shows extraordinary promise in restoring function lost to spinal cord injury. The compound, which the researchers dubbed intracellular sigma peptide (ISP), allowed paralyzed muscles to activate in… Continue Reading »

Lateral view of a stage 15 chick embryo showing the distribution of Sonic Hedgehog protein (purple). Abigail Tucker/ MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology/ Wellcome Images.

November 28, 2014 - German Scientists create lab-grown spinal cords

For the first time, researchers in Germany have been able to create spinal cords in a Petri dish. To be more precise, they didn’t grow complete spinal cords, but neuroepithelial cysts, which are ellipsoid like and were about 60 μm in diameter. These cells express factors that are associated with spinal cord tissue and are… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Scientists break early barrier to treating spinal cord injuries

Scientists break early barrier to treating spinal cord injuries

NIH-funded scientists developed a promising new drug that may lead to spinal cord injury treatments. Video courtesy of the NINDS and Silver lab, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. Read more here: http://www.spinalcordinjuryzone.com/?p=13775

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Quadrocopters for quadriplegics: New tech allows disabled to ‘pilot drone over Grand Canyon’

A British AI specialist, struck down with quadriplegia in his twenties, has modified a quadrocopter so that it can be flown with only eye movements and a working index finger – a technology he hopes will help millions like him see the world. Stuart Turner was an MIT undergraduate a decade ago, when he was… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

University Of Maryland School Of Medicine

Do spinal cord injuries cause subsequent brain damage?

University Of Maryland School Of Medicine researchers find that spinal cord injuries can cause brain degeneration Baltimore, Md., November 14, 2014–Most research on spinal cord injuries has focused on effects due to spinal cord damage and scientists have neglected the effects on brain function. University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) researchers have found… Continue Reading »

how neurons control fine motor behavior

How neurons control fine motor behavior of the arm

Motor commands issued by the brain to activate arm muscles take two different routes. As the research group led by Professor Silvia Arber at the Basel University Biozentrum and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research has now discovered, many neurons in the spinal cord send their instructions not only towards the musculature, but at… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

harness system helps patients walk again

December 17, 2014 - Life after a spinal cord injury

A spinal cord injury can be a life-changing event. Within a few minutes, some of the very basic things you took for granted – walking, dressing yourself, driving a car-are taken away from you. Rebuilding your life after spinal cord injury is a long, arduous process with many bumps in the road that most people… Continue Reading »

Spina Bifida Association 2014

October 5, 2014 - Learn about Spina Bifida

October is National Spina Bifida Awareness Month, a time to educate the public about the most common permanently disabling birth defect while celebrating the lives of the more than 166,000 Americans affected. One out of every 1,000 newborns in the United States is born with spina bifida. As the mother of a fun, intelligent, loving… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Lecture

September 26, 2014 - Spinal Cord Lecture

Spinal Cord Lecture by Samuel Hirt. Information about spinal cord anatomy, Central Nervous System and the Peripheral Nervous System.

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

The term "Spinal Cord Injury" refers to any injury of the neural (pertaining to nerves) elements within the spine..

Spinal Cord Picture

SCI can occur from either trauma or disease to the vertebral column or the spinal cord itself. Most spinal cord injuries are the result of trauma to the vertebral column. These injuries can affect the spinal cord's ability to send and receive messages from the brain to the body systems that control sensory, motor, and autonomic function below the level of injury.

Depending on the location and severity of the injury, the body can be affected in a myriad of ways. Typically, the nerves above the injury site continue to function as they always have and the nerves below the site do not.

According to a study initiated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, there are nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis -- approximately 6 million people. That's the same number of people as the combined populations of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. And that number is nearly 40 percent higher than previous estimates showed.