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Monthly Archives: June 2009

Stem cell and regenerative medicine research grabs $500,000 grant for ThermoGenesis

Published: June 11, 2009

The National Institute of Health (NIH) granted $500,000 to ThermoGenesis Corp. for stem cell research. The company will study for two years and build biomaterials that will deliver stem cells for use in regenerative medicine.

According to the ThermoGenesis chief executive officer Mel Engle, they are looking forward to find out the best method to combine stem cells with biomatetials with the help of this grant.

Evaluating regional blood spinal cord barrier dysfunction following spinal cord injury using longitudinal dynamic...

Published: June 11, 2009 | Spinal Cord Injury:

In vivo preclinical imaging of spinal cord injury (SCI) in rodent models provides clinically relevant information in translational research. This paper uses multimodal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate neurovascular pathology and changes in blood spinalcord barrier (BSCB) permeability following SCI in a mouse model of SCI.

Brain-computer interface begins new clinical trial for paralysis

Published: June 10, 2009

BOSTON Scientists at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have initiated the BrainGate2 pilot clinical trial to expand restorative neurotechnology research for some patients with paralysis. This trial expands on previous research that explores methods that may help paralyzed patients control assistive technologies.

The research, to be conducted jointly by physician researchers at MGH and neuroscientists and engineers at Brown University, has received approval from the hospital’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) to begin recruiting patients.

Your Mother Always Said You’d Break Your Neck If You Did This

Published: June 9, 2009

no_divingAccording to a recent study commissioned by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, there are over 200,000 people living with spinal cord injuries caused by sporting and recreational accidents in the United States. This summer, don’t put yourself at risk for serious injury by forgetting simple safety tips.

Don’t dive right in!

It is important to continue to educate kids as they get older about the risks of diving. “There are roughly 6,500 adolescents seen in the emergency room each year because of diving related injuries,” says Debby Gerhardstein, Executive Director of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation.

Experimental Surgery For Paralyzed Kids

Published: June 9, 2009 | Spinal Cord Injury:

BACKGROUND: A new surgery is helping patients who have suffered a spinal cord injury or were born with spina bifida regain control of their bladder and bowel function.

Spina bifida is a serious birth defect that occurs when the tissue around the spinal cord doesn”t close properly. The spinal cord pushes through the opening, damaging nerve ends. It affects two out of every 1,000 births.

After birth, surgeons close the opening but scar tissue is left behind, which can cause neurological problems. As kids grow, they must have a detethering procedure to trim away the scar tissue.

The smile his parents could not live without

Published: June 5, 2009

119c-smThe heart-breaking story behind the Beachy Head tragedy

With his sunny nature and joyful little face Sam Puttick would have made a heartbreaking poster boy, smiling happily into the camera in spite of his devastating physical disabilities.

For these are the touching images which were due to be unveiled to launch a major new fundraising campaign this autumn for the charity Spinal Research.

With the slogan ‘Our Future Is His Future’, the charity had chosen Sam – paralysed from the neck down in a road crash when he was 16 months old – to symbolise all they are striving to achieve.

New imaging technique: toward spinal cord regeneration?

Published: June 5, 2009

The regeneration capacity of axons within the central nervous system, of which the spinal cord is part, has until now been much debated. Axons can regenerate toward the muscles, whereas in the opposite direction inhibiting factors prevent regrowth toward the nerve centers. The observation made by Geneviève Rougon’s team at IBDML shows that the axons also regrow in the direction of the spinal cord within a short lapse of time after the injury. Moreover, this regrowth is encouraged by post-traumatic angiogenesis, in other words by the process of formation of new blood vessels in the damaged tissue.

Chicago Based Reproductive Genetics Institute maintain world’s leading supply of Stem Cell Lines

Published: June 5, 2009

(Chicago, IL) In an unimposing brick building located in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, lives a repository of information that could lead to the cures for Cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Diabetes, spinal cord injury and a host of other diseases.

In early March, when President Obama cleared the way for federally funded stem cell research, he also may have launched Chicago as the world’s top supplier of valuable stem cell lines.

Are disabled teachers getting a raw deal?

Published: June 4, 2009

Riccardo Paffetti was left paralysed after a sledging accident but six months later he is teaching again. Other disabled teachers aren’t so fortunate.

It is the weekly PE lesson for years three and four at Cobden Primary School at Farnley in inner-city Leeds. But today’s session is special because, after a six-month absence, their class teacher, Riccardo Paffetti, is back with the eight- and nine-year-olds, organising a game of short cricket. Only last time he was able to run in and show them all how to bowl. Now he is doing it from a wheelchair.

Suddenly disabled, D’Andrea invests his money in hope and ‘trust’

Published: June 3, 2009

513-0603hometopembeddedprod_affiliate50Stem cells, disabled access are paralyzed man’s focus

Dan D’Andrea is young enough and hopeful enough to believe that, yes, he might someday walk again.

And he’s betting a million dollars on his chances.

“I want my old quality of life back,” D’Andrea said. “I want to walk again.”

The former construction worker, paralyzed from the chest down in a 2004 construction accident, is starting the Daniel D’Andrea Charitable Trust with an eye toward the funding of promising new stem cell research into spinal cord injuries.

Of course, D’Andrea is hedging his bets a bit — and is the first to admit it –by targeting a second cause — better access for the disabled to parks and public buildings.