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Scientists Meet in Louisville to Share Research That Could Improve Treatments for Spinal Cord, Head Injury

Published: May 23, 2015

The second participant to receive an epidural stimulator as part of the investigation of standing, stepping and voluntary control in individuals with complete spinal cord injury.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (5/23/15) — More than a dozen leading basic scientists from around the nation and the world studying neurological function made presentations to 160 fellow researchers in Louisville Wednesday and Thursday.

The goal? To facilitate collaborations that will advance science leading to improved spinal cord and head injury rehabilitation.

Scientists from Sweden, Canada and the United States shared their latest neurotrauma research at the 21st Annual Kentucky Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research Trust Symposium. Continue Reading »

After years of paralysis, a man drinks a beer with the help of a mind-reading robot

Published: May 21, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

man drinks a beer with the help of a mind-reading robotA new thought-controlled robotic arm taps into a different part of the brain than most, which its creators say may give its paralyzed users an easier learning curve and allow for more fluid movements. They report on the success of their first patient, Erik G. Sorto, in a paper published Thursday in Science.

When Sorto, paralyzed from the neck down for a decade by a gunshot wound, signed on to have neuroprosthetics implanted in his brain, he was very clear on what his first goal would be: After years of having to ask someone to hold straws to his lips, he wanted to be able to drink a beer on his own. His medical team now reports that he’s accomplished that and more. Continue Reading »

Brain implant controls robotic arm – with the power of thought

Published: May 21, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Erik Sorto controls robotic armErik Sorto, a 34-year old American, has been unable to move his arms or legs for more than a decade, since a gunshot wound left him paralysed from the neck down. Even now, he misses the little things.

“I want to be able to drink my own beer – to be able to take a drink at my own pace, when I want to take a sip out of my beer and to not have to ask somebody to give it to me,” he said. “I really miss that independence.”

Sorto was recently able to fulfil this goal, when he became the first person in the world to have a neuro-prosthetic device implanted in a region of the brain where intentions are made. Continue Reading »

Recovery a lifelong project for therapy center founder

Published: May 17, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Charlie ParkhillClinton Township — Charlie Parkhill talks with his hands. It’s remarkable, given that 17 years ago, an accident left him unable to move his body below his neck.

Parkhill was a CPA with his own business when, in 1998, he went on vacation with his wife to Mexico. While he was coming out of the water, a giant wave hit him and knocked him onto his head, bruising and partially severing his spinal cord.

The doctors told him physical therapy beyond the first year was a waste of time, that he would never walk again. But Parkhill was stubborn. Continue Reading »

First 2 spinal cord injury patients progress after InVivo’s Neuro-Spinal Scaffold — 5 key notes

Published: May 14, 2015

InVivo TherapeuticsThe first two patients to receive InVivo’s Neuro-Spinal Scaffold for spinal cord injury are showing improvement three-to-six months after surgery.

The first spinal cord injury patient was treated in October 2014 at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix and the second was treated in January 2015 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Continue Reading »

India to participate in first clinical study trial to treat spinal cord injury using stem cells

Published: May 11, 2015

392-320x240By involving 18 patients, India will soon become a part of a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, a collaborative study conducted in China, Norway and America, involving 240 patients for treating spinal cord injury in humans through stem-cells.

India will be a part of a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, for treating spinal cord injury in humans through stem-cells. India will a part of the collaborative study conducted in China, Norway and America involving 240 patients led by China-based stem cell researcher Dr Wise Young. Continue Reading »

Maryville woman seeks awareness for Syringomyelia

Published: May 11, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Lisa Campbell syringomyeliaIf you’ve never heard of syringomyelia, you aren’t alone, but a Maryville woman suffering from the spinal cord disorder hopes to change that as she continues on an awareness campaign.

Lisa Campbell has suffered from syringomyelia (SM) since a car wreck in 2006. It’s a disorder in which a cyst forms within the spinal cord. The cyst, called a syrinx, expands and elongates over time. As the tumor widens, it compresses and injures nerve fibers that carry information from the brain to the extremities. Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injured Patient Able to Breathe Again

Published: May 11, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

547273_393044914048226_1150739982_nPatient Undergoes Pioneering Procedures by Surgeons from The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction

SHREWSBURY, N.J., May 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In August 2012, Andrew Brown was on his way home from seeing his young son in the hospital for a surgical procedure when his life was forever changed. Brown was involved in an automobile accident, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.

Subsequently, he had enormous difficulty breathing, often requiring mechanical ventilation, which put him in the hospital every month last year. Continue Reading »

Star reporter Barbara Turnbull overcame debilitating injury to carve out a superlative career

Published: May 10, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Barbara TurnbullTurnbull, who died Sunday afternoon at age 50, is remembered for her “strength, her bravery, the depth of her independence, her writing talent and her vibrant personality.”

Retired Toronto Star editor Nick van Rijn admits that when he first saw reporter Barb Turnbull in the newsroom, he thought: “What is she doing here?”

Years earlier, a teenage Turnbull had been shot in the neck during a robbery, severing her spinal cord and rendering her a high-level quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Local runner’s victory inspired by quadriplegic son

Published: May 7, 2015

Blaine Penny with his quadraplegic sonBlaine Penny knew he’d be caught eventually, and it happened at the 65-kilometre mark of his race. The chase car pulled up beside him as he chugged along by himself on the road just outside Niagara Falls.

At that distance, the 40-year-old Calgarian had run a marathon-and-a-half. He was the last man standing so-to-speak and won the Canadian race at the Wings for Life World Run, which raised more than $4.2 million for spinal cord research on May 3. Continue Reading »