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Joel Sardi: My Spinal Cord Injury…

Published: March 23, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , , ,

joel-royal_talbot-smallThe loss of hand function is one of the most devastating consequences of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) because of its severe impact on the everyday activities of daily living. Melbourne University Researcher Professor Mary Galea and Ms Natasha van Zyl, one of three specialist surgeons in the Upper Limb Program at Austin Health, supported by the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR), are carrying out pioneering research in support of nerve transfer surgery for SCI patients in Victoria. The surgery involves plugging surplus live nerves into nerves that no longer work to reactivate muscles and restore movement in patients’ hands. One of the patients going through the surgery is Joel Sardi. Continue Reading »

Groundbreaking device being tested by VA may put end to pressure ulcers

Published: March 19, 2015

GRC_VA_multisensing-device-projectHelps detect the earliest signs of ulcer formation

Pressure ulcers (commonly known as bed sores) are one of the most troublesome and painful complications for patients during a long hospital stay, but a joint project between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Innovation and General Electric (GE) Global Research may one day make pressure ulcers a thing of the past.

A multi-disciplinary team of scientists have combined an array of sensing and analytical tools, including motion analysis, thermal profiling, image classification/segmentation, 3-D object reconstruction and vapor detection into a single medical sensing handheld probe to assess and monitor the progression of bed sores or pressure ulcers. Continue Reading »

Research on injectable oriented hydrogels for spinal cord repair

Published: March 16, 2015

Laura De LaporteThe research objective of Dr.-Ing. Laura De Laporte, junior group leader at DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials in Aachen, is to develop a minimally invasive therapy for spinal cord injury. Her goal and her scientific approach to develop an injectable material with the ability to provide biochemical and physical guidance for regenerating nerves across the injury site, was selected by the European Research Council (ERC). Laura De Laporte now receives a 1.5 Million Euro ERC Starting Grant for her project ANISOGEL. Continue Reading »

Injured spinal cord: Regeneration possible with epothilone?

Published: March 12, 2015

Cross section rat spinal cordDamage to the spinal cord rarely heals because the injured nerve cells fail to regenerate. The regrowth of their long nerve fibers is hindered by scar tissue and molecular processes inside the nerves. An international team of researchers led by DZNE scientists in Bonn now reports in Science that help might be on the way from an unexpected quarter: in animal studies, the cancer drug epothilone reduced the formation of scar tissue in injuries to the spinal cord and stimulated growth in damaged nerve cells. Both promoted neuronal regeneration and improved the animals’ motor skills. Continue Reading »

Spinal Network Builds A Community Of Peers

Published: March 10, 2015

Spinal Network HomepageUnited Spinal Association and The Buoniconti Fund are changing lives for the better through the Spinal Network.

Established in 2013, this large national network of peer support groups is dedicated to helping people with spinal cord injuries and diseases (SCI/D) discover greater independence and quality of life. The Spinal Network strives to set higher and more consistent standards for SCI/D peer support across the country. Continue Reading »

Wheelchair basketball tournament in Winston-Salem helps raise awareness

Published: March 8, 2015

Wheelchair basketball tournament in Winston-SalemMembers of the Winston-Salem Triad Trackers wheelchair basketball team raced up and down the court Sunday against the Augusta Bulldogs, wheelchairs knocking together as they vied for the ball and executed plays.

The Triad Trackers won that game to finish seventh in the Carolinas Wheelchair Basketball Conference tournament.

The team may not have won the championship, but it improved on last year’s finish and had the coveted role of tournament host, an opportunity players hoped would raise local awareness of the league. Continue Reading »

Asterias begins enrollment for AST-OPC1 Phase 1/2a trial to treat complete cervical spinal cord injury

Published: March 5, 2015

ast_opc1Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: AST), a leading biotechnology company in the emerging field of regenerative medicine, announced today that Atlanta-based Shepherd Center, one of the nation’s top rehabilitation hospitals for spinal cord injury and brain injury, has commenced enrollment for the Phase 1/2a clinical trial of AST-OPC1 (oligodendrocyte progenitor cells) in newly injured patients with sensory and motor complete cervical spinal cord injury (SCI).

The Phase 1/2a trial follows the successful completion of the Phase 1 trial of AST-OPC1, which met its primary endpoints of safety and feasibility when administered to five patients with neurologically complete, thoracic SCI. Continue Reading »

You Can Help Find a Cure for Spinal Cord Injury

Published: March 4, 2015

Wings for Life World Run Launch 2014 - MelbourneWings for Life and the Reeve Foundation have united around a common goal and need your help today.

It all started with a single toe. Even today, Dr. Susan Harkema recalls the words spoken by one of the research participants: “Look Susie, I can move my toe.” The patient’s name was Rob Summers and he was completely paralyzed from the neck down. After a car accident he was told he would never be able to walk again. But just a few weeks after Harkema had implanted an electrical stimulator wired to the spinal cord, the unthinkable suddenly became reality. Rob slowly started to move his limbs. Continue Reading »

Quadriplegic mom raising twin girls faces extra hurdles

Published: March 4, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

quadriplegic mom with twinsThree years ago, she gave birth to twin girls at Hamilton’s McMaster University Medical Centre, an event so rare that her care team did not know of another similar case.

Emma Whelan wants a cuddle.

There are strangers in her house and the three-year-old needs the protection of her mother’s lap.

She scrambles up her mother’s legs, grabbing the wheelchair for support, and settles into the crook of her mom’s shoulder. Continue Reading »

Wheelchair-equipped dog is candidate for stem cell therapy, adoption

Published: March 4, 2015

Bolt dog wheelchair-2WALKER, MI — Bolt, a two-year-old terrier mix, behaves just like any other dog at Kelley’s Animal Clinic.

When called or tempted with a treat, he rears his head, ears perked in interest.

Unlike other dogs, however, Bolt needs a bit of mechanical help to get around.

Equipped with a set of wheels mounted to his hind quarters, the small white and brown dog continues to thrive even after suffering an accident that left him without control of his lower half. Continue Reading »