Daily Archives: April 5, 2011
Six years ago, Ned Rogers was a 22-year-old college student in Arizona when he was in a catastrophic car accident that left him a quadriplegic and severely brain damaged.
Eventually, Ned was able to return to his home in Concord, Massachusetts, but his mother Ellen Rogers, who has four other kids, needed help caring for him. She turned to Helping Hands, a nonprofit group that trains and supplies monkeys to help the disabled, free of charge.
Screams and cheers filled the halls of Rick Hansen Secondary School today as the man for whom the school is named wheeled down the atrium, shaking hands with students and teachers.
On hand to honour Hansen, whose round-the-world wheelchair marathon kick-started a new era of spinal cord research, were hundreds of the school’s students, Mayor Hazel McCallion and Ontario Lieutenant Governor David C. Onley.
Spinal cord injuries are devastating, but fish may be the key to finding a cure.
Research shows adult fish that sustain a spinal cord injury have the miraculous ability to not only regenerate the spinal cord, but to recover function as well — meaning they are able to perform tasks they were able to do prior to the injury.
For the past four years, biology department chair Günther Zupanc and his research associate, Ruxandra Sîrbulescu, have been studying this stunning recovery in fish.
Their research was recently published in the journal Brain Research Reviews.
IHMC Unveils the MINA Robotic Device
PENSACOLA, Fla., April 5, 2011 — Today, Dr. Kenneth Ford, Director and CEO of the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), joined institute researchers to unveil Mina, a robotic exoskeleton developed to restore ambulation for individuals afflicted with paraplegia, hemiplegia, paresis, asthenia, and functional muscle loss. Developed by the IHMC robotics team led by Dr. Peter Neuhaus and Dr. Jerry Pratt, Mina acts as a pair of robotic legs that assist people, who have lost their ability to walk, in regaining upright mobility when outfitted with the device. Future applications of Mina are envisioned to span from rehabilitating those with stroke and spinal cord injuries, to augmenting human strength capabilities when operating in complex mobility environments.