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Spinal Cord Injury: Promising Research to Restore Hand Function at UCLA

Published: April 30, 2014 | Category: News

Research to Restore Hand FunctionDaniel Lu, MD, and Reggie Edgerton, MD, recently received a five-year grant to explore new therapies for patients with spinal cord injuries from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Dr. Lu and Dr. Edgerton are researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles and clinicians at the UCLA Spine Center.

“A majority of spinal cord patients have compromised hand function [which] is often cited as [having] the highest impact of all lost functions after injury by those living with spinal cord injury,” says Dr. Lu. “Thus, the NIH grant is funded to study hand function after severe cervical spinal cord injury.” Continue Reading »

InVivo Therapeutics Initiates First Clinical Trial of Neuro-Spinal Scaffold

Published: April 28, 2014 | Category: News

InVivo TherapeuticsScaffold Designed to Facilitate Neural Growth in Spinal Cord Injury

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 28, 2014– InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (NVIV) announced today that it has begun shipment of its innovative investigational device, a degradable polymer Neuro-Spinal Scaffold for spinal cord injury (SCI) patients, for initiation of the company’s first clinical trial. InVivo has pioneered a new treatment platform utilizing a biocompatible polymer-based device that is intended to promote structural support for spinal cord regeneration while improving functional recovery and prognosis after a traumatic SCI. In preclinical studies, the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold promoted cell adhesion, neurite sprouting, the growth of remodeled spinal cord tissue containing myelinated axons, and improved motor function. Continue Reading »

Paraplegic man proves ‘anything is possible’

Published: April 27, 2014 | Category: News

Paraplegic man proves anything is possibleSALT LAKE CITY — While in his mid-20s, Dustin Shillcox learned that he would never walk again.

A car accident in August 2010 left him paralyzed from the chest down.

A few short years later, Shillcox is close to achieving what had seemed impossible: walking. He is the recipient of a pacemaker-like device that allows him to move in ways that were previously unimaginable.

He is the fourth person ever to have received an epidural stimulator implant through the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center. Continue Reading »

Coming to terms with a life sentence

Published: April 26, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Travis Roy gives up to 50 speeches a year. Photo / APIn 1995, 20-year-old Travis Roy was making his debut for the Boston College ice hockey team when 11 seconds into his collegiate career he mistimed a hit on an opponent and slammed hard into the boards, breaking the C4-C5 vertebrae in his neck. He has not walked since.

Last month, 22-year-old Alex McKinnon of the Newcastle Knights was playing his 49th NRL game and with 38 seconds remaining in the first half, was tackled by three Melbourne Storm players, lifted in the air and landed on his head, breaking the C4-C5 vertebrae in his neck. Continue Reading »

A Cure for Spinal Cord Injury? Mark Pollock and Superman’s Legacy

Published: April 25, 2014 | Category: Videos

Adventurer Mark Pollock joined us to explore the frontier research that is pointing towards a cure for spinal cord injury. Continue Reading »

‘Unproven treatment of spinal injuries can cause paralysis’

Published: April 24, 2014 | Category: News

The rampant unauthorised and unproven stem cell transplant for spinal cord injury can leave a person paralysed below the level of injury, health experts said Thursday.

Issuing a statement to caution people about such practices and create awareness on the issue, the Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI) said: “There is an urgent need to create awareness on the issue, and advise the spinal cord injured and their families to make informed decisions regarding the plethora of ‘effective’ stem transplant treatments being offered across the world.” Continue Reading »

Jesse Billauer – Spinal Cord Injury Survivor and Optimistic Surfer

Published: April 23, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

Jesse Billauer, a spinal cord injury survivor, describes how he stays positive and leads a happy life by not dwelling on what he can’t do, but by focusing on what he can do. Continue Reading »

Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand continuing on quest to find cures for spinal cord injuries

Published: April 23, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

USP NCAA FOOTBALL: EASTERN MICHIGAN AT RUTGERS S FBC USA NJEric LeGrand has never really been one of those people to just concentrate on his school work and go home. Even if school, after he suffered a severe spinal injury on the football field in 2010, is a bit more difficult for him than others.

Instead, LeGrand, who is set to graduate with a degree in business administration and labor relations from Rutgers in May, it’s just one of those things that he fits into a packed day that includes an intense rehab schedule, his broadcasting career, motivational speaking career and raising money to help victims of spinal cord injuries. Continue Reading »

STILL RUNNING – Pieter du Preez Short Film

Published: April 23, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury:

‘Still/Running’ vividly chronicles how Wings for Life World Run ambassador Pieter du Preez overcame a tragic cycling accident – which left him paralysed from the chest down – to become the first ever C6 quadriplegic to complete an Iron Man triathlon. Continue Reading »

10 years after devastating accident left her paralyzed, young Southold woman thanks those who’ve never left her side

Published: April 22, 2014 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

10 years since devastating accident  Kim HaegMonday marked 10 years since the devastating accident that left Southold resident Kim Haeg, now 28, clinging to life.

After the 2004 car accident in Peconic left her a quadriplegic dependent upon a ventilator, the journey has been long and marked by challenges for Kim and her mother Lorraine.

Remembering the dark night that changed her life forever, Haeg wrote on Facebook Monday, “Ten years ago today I was getting ready to go off to college and excited for my new life, as was my mom who, was ready to retire and move down south, when suddenly life changed within the blink of an eye. I had no idea this could ever happen to me. I never heard of spinal cord injury until that day when our lives were completely shattered and changed forever.” Continue Reading »