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Injured as undergrad, college teacher learns to cope

Published: July 26, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Bob Bell Quadreplegic ProfessorST. CLOUD, Minn. — Pensacola, Fla., is more than 1,100 miles from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., but Robert Bell found himself feeling right at home as soon as he visited the Minnesota campus.

The university turned out to be the site of a life-changing event: While an undergraduate student, Bell was accidentally paralyzed while roughhousing with another young man.

Bell became the third St. John’s student to graduate in a wheelchair. Continue Reading »

How a quadriplegic ex-wrestler reached Gold in League of Legends

Published: July 25, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

league of legends carl headerA week before he was due to compete in a wrestling tournament in Korea, 17-year-old Carl-Akira Fujinami took a dive into a shallow wave in Australia and hit sand, hard.

19-year-old Carl doesn’t wrestle. Damage to his spine means he has lost full use of his limbs. But he does rank Gold in League of Legends.

An infrared camera sits on top of Carl’s monitor. By putting a reflective sticker on his face, he can reflect the infrared rays back into the camera’s sensor. His head handles movement to a high degree of accuracy, and any pause will activate a click. That’s the mouse. Continue Reading »

InvoTek receives $175,000 grant for ‘handcycling’ project

Published: July 22, 2014

Grant Will Fund Development of Quad Rider – A Gear and Braking Device that Helps People with Disabilities Operate a Handcycle Safely

Alma, Ark. – July 22, 2014 – InvoTek, Inc., a research and development company in Alma, Arkansas, recently received a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health.  The grant will fund the development of technology to enable thousands of people with high level spinal cord injury the opportunity to enjoy the health benefits of handcycling. Continue Reading »

Paralympian Jen French Announced as Conquer Paralysis Now’s First Champion

Published: July 22, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Conquer Paralysis NowFrench joins the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation’s effort to cure paralysis in next decade.

St. Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) July 22, 2014 – Joining Conquer Paralysis Now as its first champion in the movement to cure paralysis in the next decade is Paralympic silver medalist and quadriplegic Jennifer French.

As a result of a snowboarding accident, French became a quadriplegic from a spinal cord injury in 1998. Now, she has joined a new effort to help find a cure for paralysis. Continue Reading »

Kite-driven buggy to aid people with disabilities

Published: July 22, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

epac0723buggy1Since sustaining a severe spinal cord injury in 2011, Skye Parker has been looking for ways to experience the outdoors again in a way that is actually appealing to him.

As a former kite surfer and somebody interested in things of that nature, this has manifested itself in the form of the Spider Crab, a kite buggy he designed to be used by people with disabilities.

Parker has spent the past year designing and refining this vehicle and is currently fundraising to build it. Continue Reading »

Patients with spinal cord injuries learning to walk again

Published: July 16, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Collin HumphreyLOUISVILLE, Ky. —Two men who were told they’d never walk again are defying odds with help from Frazier Rehab.

Frazier Rehab is making their mobility possible through its research and special equipment and many institutes are following suit.

Both of the men were in serious car accidents that left them with fractured spinal cords.

One man lost feeling from the chest down.

But now, not only does he have sensation back — he’s also regained his independence. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Perry Cross on why he travels to India as a ‘stem cell tourist’ to find a cure for paralysis

Published: July 16, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Perry Cross a C2 quadriplegicPERRY Cross was just 19 when he suffered a devastating neck injury that should have killed him.

Doctors told his family he had months to live, and if he survived beyond that the best he could hope for as a quadriplegic was just 10 years.

Now almost 20 years later, Mr Cross is still cheating death after a rugby accident that left him unable to walk, talk, eat, move his head or even breathe without the help of a respirator. Continue Reading »

The Need for Speed: Quadriplegic race car driver defies conventions

Published: July 13, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Chris HrabikChris Hrabik’s blue-green Subaru Impreza doesn’t have the brooding menace of a muscle car. It’s dusty and plastered with sponsors’ decals. Parked behind his stand at the Cape Girardeau craft market, Hrabik’s race car looks almost like a life-size Hot Wheel.

Hrabik, of Sedgewickville, Missouri, rolls over in his wheelchair and scratches his scruffy beard, admiring his custom-built rally car. He pats the hood proudly with a heavy, oil-stained hand.

“It’s got 75 horsepower,” he says with a smile. “Maybe. On a good day.” Continue Reading »

Naperville painter learned all over again after shooting left her paralyzed

Published: July 6, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

paralized artist Mariam PareIt has been 18 years since Mariam Pare flew from San Francisco to Richmond, Va. for a weekend getaway.

Pare has not returned to her apartment on the West Coast since that flight, but she still paints — just without the use of her arms or legs.

The 20-year-old art student who left San Francisco is now a 38-year-old professional — and one of the featured exhibitors at the upcoming Buffalo Grove Invitational Fine Art Festival. Continue Reading »

Optogenetics enables muscle contraction control

Published: June 30, 2014

Optogenetics muscle controlNeuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA) have shown that they can control muscle movement by applying optogenetics—a technique that enables control of neurons’ electrical impulses with light—to the spinal cords of animals that are awake and alert.

Led by MIT Institute Professor Emilio Bizzi, the researchers studied mice in which a light-sensitive protein that promotes neural activity was inserted into a subset of spinal neurons. When the researchers shone blue light on the animals’ spinal cords, their hind legs were completely but reversibly immobilized. The work offers a new approach to studying the complex spinal circuits that coordinate movement and sensory processing, the researchers say. Continue Reading »