Monthly Archives: October 2011
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A new wireless device to help victims of spinal cord injury is receiving attention in the research community. Mesut Sahin, PhD, associate professor, in the department of biomedical engineering at NJIT, recently has published and presented news of his findings to develop micro-electrical stimulators for individuals with spinal cord injuries.
The work, now in its third year of support from a four-year, $1.4 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, has resulted in the development and testing of a technology known by its acronym, FLAMES (floating light activated micro-electrical stimulators). The technology, really a tiny semiconductor device, will eventually enable people with spinal cord injuries to restore some of the motor functions that are lost due to injury.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Scientists at The Ohio State University College of Medicine have discovered that cells in the spinal cord that prevent regeneration after a spinal cord injury (SCI) can be manipulated, through gene therapy, to become increasingly supportive of repair.
The study, published yesterday (10/18) in the Journal of Neuroscience, shows that treating an injured adult spinal cord, by genetic delivery of a high-level growth factor found in the developing brain, can change the behavior of glial scar cells called astrocytes.
Imagine: You’re paralyzed from the neck down, a full-on quadriplegic with what doctors refer to as a “high level spinal cord injury.” How do you get around?
WEST ORANGE, N.J. — Kessler Foundation, in collaboration with Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, announced that it has selected six participants for the Ekso exoskeleton investigational studies, which will commence October 17. Made by Ekso Bionics, Ekso is a wearable, robotic, battery-powered exoskeleton that enables wheelchair users to stand and walk.
Ekso Bionics announced the rebranding of both its company name and product line on October 13, 2011. It was formerly known as Berkeley Bionics and the Ekso exoskeleton was formerly known as eLEGS.
Courtney regains independence after a spinal cord injury by learning how to drive again.
Step It Up Recovery Center becomes Project Walk Orlando
Longwood, FL – Project Walk Orlando would like to announce their recent name change from Step It Up Recovery Center. Project Walk Orlando is one of a handful of Project Walk® Certified Facilities in the U.S. After more than two years in business the local 501(c)3 non-profit organization decided to change their name to show their alliance with their parent company.
University of Calgary researchers working on a spinal cord injury treatment are getting some help from the Man in Motion.
The Rick Hansen Institute is helping to fund work on an old drug that shows new promise treating spinal cord injuries (SCI).
Dr. John Hurlbert, along with co-investigators Dr. Steven Casha and Dr. Voon Wee Yong have found that minocycline — originally used to treat acne — helps restore movement in patients suffering from SCI.
“We looked at this drug in a mouse model and the results were fascinating,” Hurlbert said.
The first active orthosis prototype, developed at the UPC, assists muscles affected by incomplete spinal cord injury.
A team from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. BarcelonaTech (UPC) has developed an active knee-ankle orthosis to assist gait in people with incomplete spinal cord injury. The project is being carried out in collaboration with the University of A Coruña and the University of Extremadura.
InVivo Therapeutics, based in Cambridge, Mass., was founded to focus on research and development of treatment for patients with spinal cord injuries (SCI). Currently, there are no effective treatments for these patients, and much of the research focuses on treating the symptoms of SCI instead of the underlying pathology.
However, InVivo has focused its efforts on both regenerative medicine and neuroprotection. Its scaffolds are designed to mitigate inflammation and prevent further cell death after SCI as well as support the repair and neuroplasticity recovery process.