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Daily Archives: December 9, 2010

Frazier Rehab gets grant for spinal-cord patients

Published: December 9, 2010

The Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville has received a $64,000 grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to expand its fitness and wellness services for people with spinal cord injuries.

According to a news release, the grant will let Frazier open a second gym for Community Fitness & Wellness on its ninth floor at 220 Abraham Flexner Way, more than doubling its capacity to serve up to 60 new members.

StemCells wins approval to initiate Phase I/II spinal cord injury trial

Published: December 9, 2010

StemCells, Inc. has received authorization from Swissmedic, the Swiss regulatory agency for therapeutic products, to initiate a Phase I/II clinical trial in Switzerland of the Company’s proprietary HuCNS-SC product candidate in chronic spinal cord injury.

The trial is designed to assess both safety and preliminary efficacy in patients with varying degrees of paralysis who are three to 12 months post-injury, and will progressively enroll patients based upon the severity of injury. Enrollment is expected to begin in early 2011.

Every wiggle a big step for paralyzed coach

Published: December 9, 2010

Mike Outram, a high-spirited and popular gymnastics coach who was paralyzed from the neck down after a Nov. 28 trampoline accident, says he is making “huge strides” toward recovery.

The 43-year-old with the heart of a kid, known as Mr. Mike to thousands of local gymnasts, was explaining Wednesday how he’d regained some movement in his left leg, and most recently had wiggled the toes on his right foot.

Festival of Ability celebration

Published: December 9, 2010

As 16-year-old Luke Watt expertly manoeuvres his wheelchair around his car, he lovingly polishes the bonnet with a cloth. Luke was born with no legs and has been in a wheelchair all his life, but he hasn’t let it stop him from doing whatever he wants. With help from his dad, the Year 10 student from Southern Cross K-12 School in Ballina has built his car from a bare shell into a four-wheeled racing machine. He is now the first person in a wheelchair to drive a junior sedan on the racing track at Lismore Speedway.

“My dad took me to the speedway when I was 10 and I knew I wanted to race cars,” Luke says. “A lot of people said I’d never be able to drive or race at the speedway, but look at me now. I can drive perfectly.”