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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Key difference between spinal regeneration in fish and mammals

Published: July 7, 2012

Yona Goldshmit, Ph.D., is a former physical therapist who worked in rehabilitation centers with spinal cord injury patients for many years before deciding to switch her focus to the underlying science.

“After a few years in the clinic, I realized that we don’t really know what’s going on,” she said.

Now a scientist working with Peter Currie, Ph.D., at Monash University in Australia, Dr. Goldshmit is studying the mechanisms of spinal cord repair in zebrafish, which, unlike humans and other mammals, can regenerate their spinal cord following injury. On June 23 at the 2012 International Zebrafish Development and Genetics Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, she described a protein that may be a key difference between regeneration in fish and mammals.

Zina Hermez – “Disability is a condition, it’s not who we are. Diagnosis is...

Published: July 6, 2012 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Zina HermezDid something catastrophic ever happen to you? Where your life changed in an instant? Did you wake up in a hospital bed, not knowing where you were, or how much time passed? It happened to me. I never thought I would be hit by a car at sixteen years old, while crossing the street on my way to school. Nor did I think once I survived the accident, it would live with me every day for the rest of my life.

I was flown to the University of Michigan hospital, where I underwent 12 hours of emergency surgery. My injuries were so severe, doctors predicted I might not make it through the night. The first several days were critical. My spine was dislocated, and broken at the L1-L2 level. I had a fracture in my C1 vertebrae. A broken left femur, a broken right tib fib, and a broken left tib fib. I was paralyzed. I’m lucky it wasn’t worse! And that wasn’t even all of my injuries.

Most accurate robotic legs mimic human walking gait

Published: July 6, 2012

A group of US researchers has produced a robotic set of legs which they believe is the first to fully model walking in a biologically accurate manner.

A group of US researchers has produced a robotic set of legs which they believe is the first to fully model walking in a biologically accurate manner.

The neural architecture, musculoskeletal architecture and sensory feedback pathways in humans have been simplified and built into the robot, giving it a remarkably human-like walking gait that can be viewed in this video:

British GP: Mark and Seb unveil Wings for Life cars

Published: July 6, 2012

Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber unveiled their Wings for Life cars today ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix. Both will drive their specially-branded RB8s, which each feature more than 25,000 photos that have been sent in by fans, throughout the race weekend.

Organised for Wings for Life, the charity that is striving to find a cure for spinal cord injury, the initiative was open to fans all over the world who wanted to race with Mark and Sebastian at this year’s Silverstone race and support an incredible cause.

Brock leads way with exercise for spinal cord injur

Published: July 6, 2012

How many times have you read about walking for exercise? The articles tell us to just get out there and walk. It’ll improve you circulation, your heart and lungs will be healthier, you’ll lose pounds and every part of you will benefit.

But what happens if you can’t walk? What happens to your body when you stop exercising because you’ve lost the movement in your legs, arms or more because of a spinal cord injury (SCI)?

After hearing David Ditor, associate professor of the Department of Kinesiology (the study of human movement) at Brock University, talk about the benefits of exercise on a body that won’t voluntarily move, I decided to go to Brock and take a look at what’s going on.

Matthew Reeve Flies Down Under for Spinal Cord Injury Research: Continues Superman’s Legacy

Published: July 5, 2012

SHORT HILLS, NJ–(Marketwire – Jul 5, 2012) – The late actor Christopher Reeve’s son, Matthew Reeve, will make a Keynote Address at the upcoming Connections 2012 conference held by the Spinal Cord Injury Network at Sydney’s Convention and Exhibition Centre on 13th August 2012.

Christopher Reeve’s attendance at the Making Connections: NSW Premier’s Forum in 2003 put the spotlight on spinal cord injury research including embryonic stem cell research.

Award-winning filmmaker Matthew Reeve said he hoped his visit would inspire collaboration towards a healthier, participative and more inclusive community for people with spinal cord injury.

Spinal Cord Injury Solutions!

Published: July 5, 2012

My daily tracking journal on how to overcome paralysis

I never thought I’d be hit by a car while crossing the street on my way to school at sixteen years old! I never expected to live with a spinal cord injury every day for the rest of my life. I was paralyzed. It’s a miracle from the Lord I’m alive, and able to walk. I’m thirty-four, a professional, and fully independent. I’m walking everywhere with two forearm crutches, and practicing with one cane. I hope to one day walk with no walking device. I want others to see how I overcame disability. I hope to encourage adults and children facing this problem by sharing messages, comments, support.