Daily Archives: June 11, 2007
There’s more to paralysis than not being able to move. Victoria reveals the hidden medical challenges faced by people with spinal injuries
Paralysis is rather like an iceberg. The bit you can see, the not-being-able-to-walk palaver, is just the tip. Suffering a spinal injury has a number of other effects on the body which most of the time remain hidden from public gaze, but which can be just as difficult to come to terms with.
One unwelcome physical change a wheelchair user may encounter is dislocated hips. Over time, as muscles grow weaker through disuse, they become less effective at holding joints in place, so it’s not uncommon for paraplegics to experience dislocated hips.
The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Human Stem Cell Core Facility, which supports multiple research projects using stem cells to advance the understanding and ultimately the treatment of disease and injury, will receive a $2.8 million Shared Research Laboratory Grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).
The funding will be used to upgrade the current core facility, and to support the establishment of a new satellite facility to expand the resources available to investigators.
“The support provided by this grant will allow UCSD to enhance our collaborative stem cell program so that we may accelerate our goals of improving health and conquering disease through regenerative medicine,” said Marye Anne Fox, UCSD Chancellor.
Nomad was born with a rare muscle and joint disorder called Arthrogryposis that has confined him to a wheelchair and left him without the use of his arms or legs.