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Asterias Biotherapeutics Receives FDA Clearance to Enroll C-4 Patients in SCiStar Study

Published: July 10, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Ability to enroll patients with second most common cervical spinal cord injury broadens eligible population for SCiStar study and future trials

FREMONT, Calif., July 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: AST), a biotechnology company pioneering the field of regenerative medicine, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the company’s amendment to the clinical research protocol for its ongoing AST-OPC1 SCiStar Phase 1/2a clinical trial in motor complete cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). The amendment expands the eligibility criteria to include patients with a C-4 spinal cord injury and extends the dosing window from 14 to 30 days to 21 to 42 days post-injury. Continue Reading »

Injured Olympian defies doctors to walk for his wedding

Published: July 9, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

On good days, American high jumper Jamie Nieto can shuffle 130 steps without a cane or walker.

It’s an important distance — about the length from the altar to the church door. His vow: Make it all the way, under his own power, when he’s married on July 22.

The two-time Olympian is recovering from a spinal cord injury he suffered on a misjudged backflip in April 2016. The accident initially left him with no feeling in his hands and feet. Walking? Doctors couldn’t predict if he would take more than a few steps — or any at all. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic Drives 2016 Corvette Z06 — Jay Leno’s Garage

Published: July 8, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Driving with a disability can be a huge accomplishment, whether it is an amputation or something more severe. In Sam Schmidt’s case, it couldn’t get more severe. In 2001 Sam was paralyzed when his race car went backwards into the wall at 210 mph. Sam’s doctors were thinking he may not live the year but Sam defied the odds and currently lives life as a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Toyota robot helps Army ranger paralyzed in Afghanistan

Published: July 3, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

For the first time, Toyota has tested its in-home robot in the United States. Continue Reading »

Ed Jackson: Dragons rugby player on his battle to walk again

Published: June 27, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,


Saturday, 8 April, 2017 was the day that changed the life of rugby player Ed Jackson forever.

The Dragons number eight had just finished lunch at a family barbecue near Bath.

But one “freak” moment later – as he dived into the shallow end of a pool thinking it was the deep end – left the 28-year-old with a broken neck. Continue Reading »

Swimmer determined to help others after injury left him paralyzed

Published: June 23, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,


SONOMA, Calif. (KGO) — ABC7 is recognizing a swimmer who is determined to help others after a spinal cord injury left him paralyzed.

There are those days that will change your life forever. For Theo St. Francis, it was a Saturday, a sunny afternoon in Boston Harbor. It unfolded quickly on August 24th, almost four years ago. Continue Reading »

UH Study: Wheelchair Rugby Lowers Depression and Stress in Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Published: June 15, 2017

Wheelchair rugby is a high-octane team contact sport changing the lives and mental health of the spinal cord injury patients who play it. Continue Reading »

Patients with Complete Paralysis Show Additional Recovery of Arm, Hand and Finger Function at 9-months After Treatment with Asterias’ AST-OPC1

Published: June 13, 2017

Third patient recovers two motor levels; three of six (50%) patients in AIS-A 10 million cell cohort have now recovered two motor levels on at least one side

FREMONT, Calif., June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: AST), a biotechnology company pioneering the field of regenerative medicine, today announced that new 9-month follow-up data from the AIS-A 10 million cell cohort in the company’s ongoing SCiStar Phase 1/2a clinical trial shows three of six (50%) patients have now recovered two levels of motor function and previously-announced improvements in arm, hand and finger function at 3-months and 6-months following administration of AST-OPC1 have been confirmed and further increased at 9-months. Continue Reading »

Dr. Monica Perez’s Team Shows First Evidence of Using Cortical Targets to Improve Motor Function

Published: June 13, 2017

Monica A. Perez, P.T., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery and The Miami Project, and colleagues, recently published A novel cortical target to enhance hand motor output in humans with spinal cord injury in the June issue of Brain that provides the first evidence that cortical targets could represent a novel therapeutic site for improving motor function in humans paralyzed by spinal cord injury (SCI).

A main goal of rehabilitation strategies in humans with SCI is to strengthen transmission in spared neural networks. Although neuromodulatory strategies have targeted different sites within the central nervous system to restore motor function following SCI, the role of cortical targets remains poorly understood. Continue Reading »

Robotics are helping paralyzed people walk again, but the price tag is huge

Published: June 12, 2017

EKSO Bionics ExoskeletonAshley Barnes was 35 years old when doctors told her she would never walk again.

A botched spinal procedure in 2014 paralyzed her from the waist down. The Tyler, Tex., resident had been an avid runner, clocking six miles daily when not home with her then-9-year-old autistic son, whom she raised alone. Life in a wheelchair was not an option.

“I needed to be the best mom I could be,” Barnes said. “I needed to be up and moving.” Continue Reading »