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Go karts help paralyzed racer find new normal

Published: October 4, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

matt-maier-1When he distances himself from the memory, and the wheelchair, Matt Maier is simply racing again. He’s independent and self-assured. His knowledge and experience are advantageous.

He slides his helmet on and the view becomes framed and familiar. This is what he knows: The ripping start-up noise of engines, the smell of the sun baking the race track, the open pavement beckoning.

What’s been new is the adjustment outside of this world, the one with specially adapted cars and physical therapy appointments and the loss of the use of half of his body. Continue Reading »

Ekso GT™ Robotic Exoskeleton Cleared by FDA for Use With Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Published: April 4, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , , , , ,

Ekso GT Robotic ExoskeletonFirst robotic exoskeleton cleared for use with stroke and spinal cord injury levels to C7

RICHMOND, Calif., April 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB:EKSO), a robotic exoskeleton company, today announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Ekso GT robotic exoskeleton for use in the treatment of individuals with hemiplegia due to stroke, individuals with spinal cord injuries at levels T4 to L5, and individuals with spinal cord injuries at levels of T3 to C7 (ASIA D), in accordance with device’s labeling. The Ekso GT is the first exoskeleton cleared by the FDA for use with stroke patients. Continue Reading »

Motivated by Personal Experience, Scientist Seeks Answers About Spinal Cord Injury

Published: February 15, 2016 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2016) — At the age of 19, Sasha Rabchevsky was a strong safety on the Hampden-Sydney College football team when a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the chest down. Continue Reading »

Five Years After Being Paralyzed from the Chest Down, Dustin Shillcox Completes the New York Marathon

Published: November 1, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Dustin ShillcoxAfter crossing the finish line in the New York City Marathon Sunday, hand cyclist Dustin Shillcox had a message for the millions of people living with paralysis. “I’m living proof nothing is impossible.”

The 31-year-old from Green River, Wyoming, is paralyzed from the chest down, but that didn’t stop him from racing in the marathon and crossing the finish line in one hour, 46 minutes and 49 seconds.

“It’s hard to put into words how I felt crossing the finish line,” Shillcox said. “I thought about Christopher Reeve, and the millions living with paralysis who are told there is no hope for recovery.” Continue Reading »

Spinal cord injury patients say “I willl walk again!”

Published: August 27, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

I willl walk againThey are devastating injuries. A fall, a sports accident and suddenly, your spinal cord is damaged. It happens 300,000 times a year in this country.

Some people give up, but many are fighting back.

After a car wreck, Kendell Hall heard from her doctors that she would never walk again. They didn’t know Kendall very well. Kendall lives independently, even owns and operates REACT Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center. That’s a restorative and non-profit gym for people living with spinal cord injuries. Continue Reading »

Joel Sardi: My Spinal Cord Injury…

Published: March 23, 2015 | Category: News | 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 »

Believing Recovery Center – Tampa

Published: November 4, 2014 | Category: Links | Spinal Cord Injury: ,
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Our program targets the recovery of the malfunctioning Central Nervous System (CNS) through the use of important components utilized in neuroplasticity. The benefits can be noted both in people with spinal cord injuries and during motor recovery from other types of brain injuries, e.g. (TBI, CVA or Strokes, tumors, ataxias, etc), CP (Cerebral Palsy), Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and others.

Because it is an intensive, specific program aimed at physical recovery, it is important to be aware that some alterations associated with neurological injuries may restrict an individual’s participation in the program. Continue Reading »

Victory Over Paralysis

Published: March 14, 2014 | Category: Videos | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

Victory Over Paralysis – It’s our goal. It’s what motivates us as we fashion each experiment after, document and categorize each participant’s progress with. Continue Reading »

FDA approval to move forward with Phase I safety trial using Schwann cells in SCI

Published: August 1, 2012 | Category: Featured Information | Spinal Cord Injury: , , , , , , , ,

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received permission from the Food and Drug Administration to begin a Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety of transplanting human Schwann cells to treat patients with recent spinal cord injuries.

We are not recruiting anybody until we obtain approval from our Institutional Review Board.

This trial is just 1 brick in the wall. We will continue working with our scientific colleagues to test other “bricks” in the wall to ultimately develop a strong defense to prevent or reverse the many effects of paralysis. Continue Reading »

Paralyzed driver Michael Johnson continues winning races

Published: July 28, 2011 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

More good news on 18-year-old paralyzed racer Michael Johnson from Mt. Morris: He keeps winning races and is being featured in the newest issue of Racer Magazine, the premier North American motor sports publication.

The Free Press introduced readers to Johnson a couple of years ago, when he was racing go-karts with hand controls and preparing for experimental stem cell surgery as a result of a motorcycle racing accident in Sarnia, Ontario, in 2005. He fractured his T5 and T6 vertebrae in the accident and was left without movement from the waist down. Continue Reading »