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Yearly Archives: 2014

An Accident Inspires a New Approach to Spinal Cord Injuries in India

Published: December 15, 2014

Jonathan SigworthA cycling injury that rendered him a quadriplegic nine years ago also inspired Jonathan Sigworth to create an organization that helps people with spinal cord injuries in India live fuller lives. A self-described disability advocate, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur, Sigworth shared his story with students during a December 2 talk sponsored by the Christian Fellowship club.

Sigworth is co-founder of Empowering Spinal Cord Injured Persons (ESCIP) Trust India, a nonprofit organization based in Delhi that uses wheelchair rugby as a therapeutic tool and provides a transitional living program to quadriplegic patients. The organization relies on a peer mentoring approach. “Our goal is to get quadriplegics to think of themselves as whole people again, independent and able to find jobs and live in the community,” said Sigworth.

Murray’s Problem

Published: December 14, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Murray Blackmore-Murray’s ProblemChapter One – Scientist and Son

Murray Blackmore stood at the lectern and tried to take in the dark conference room, the men and women in wheelchairs waiting for him to wrest a little hope from science. But in his preoccupied state, the room was a blur and hope a struggle.The 39-year-old researcher took a deep breath.

An assistant professor at Marquette University, Blackmore had looked forward to addressing the symposium on spinal cord research in Boston. Work filled his daylight hours; interrupted his dreams at night. Often he would wake at 2 or 3 in the morning, pitched from sleep into the scientific puzzles of a broken spinal cord. Ideas in the midnight hours seldom bore fruit, but his mind churned through them just the same.

Scientists crack stem cell reprogramming code

Published: December 10, 2014

Doctor Andras NagyTORONTO – A Canadian-led international team of researchers has begun solving the mystery of just how a specialized cell taken from a person’s skin is reprogrammed into an embryonic-like stem cell, from which virtually any other cell type in the body can be generated.

The research is being touted as a breakthrough in regenerative medicine that will allow scientists to one day harness stem cells to treat or even cure a host of conditions, from blindness and Parkinson’s disease to diabetes and spinal cord injuries.

Imagine Me Project with people with spinal cord injury

Published: December 6, 2014

The Imagine Me Project is a creative awareness raising project about spinal cord injury by assisting people with disability to explore their imagination we hope to foster greater community understanding toward people living with disability.

Recovering from L1, L2 Spinal cord injury

Published: December 5, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

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Scientists break early barrier to treating spinal cord injuries

Published: December 3, 2014

NIH-funded scientists developed a promising new drug that may lead to spinal cord injury treatments.

Peptide Shows Great Promise for Treating Spinal Cord Injury

Published: December 3, 2014

Intracellular Sigma PeptideCase Western Reserve Scientists Design Intracellular Sigma Peptide (ISP) to Promote Functional Recovery Following Spinal Cord Injury

Case Western Reserve scientists have developed a new chemical compound that shows extraordinary promise in restoring function lost to spinal cord injury. The compound, which the researchers dubbed intracellular sigma peptide (ISP), allowed paralyzed muscles to activate in more than 80 percent of the animals tested. The remarkable study, partly funded by the National Institutes of Health, appears in the December 3 edition of the journal Nature.

Quadrocopters for quadriplegics: New tech allows disabled to ‘pilot drone over Grand Canyon’

Published: December 1, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

CONSUMER-ELECTRONICS/A British AI specialist, struck down with quadriplegia in his twenties, has modified a quadrocopter so that it can be flown with only eye movements and a working index finger – a technology he hopes will help millions like him see the world.

Stuart Turner was an MIT undergraduate a decade ago, when he was diagnosed with cervical spina bifida – a split spine – and a host of other conditions, which resulted in him gradually but irreversibly losing function in his extremities, until in the final year, he could no longer type his assignments.

German Scientists create lab-grown spinal cords

Published: November 28, 2014

Sonic Hedgehog proteinFor the first time, researchers in Germany have been able to create spinal cords in a Petri dish. To be more precise, they didn’t grow complete spinal cords, but neuroepithelial cysts, which are ellipsoid like and were about 60 μm in diameter. These cells express factors that are associated with spinal cord tissue and are in many ways similar to it.

Regenerative medicine is entering its golden age, with new techniques showing more and more promise; the list of tissues that can be grown from scratch and then used continues to grow, and it may not be long before we can add spinal cells to the list.

Quadriplegic teacher aide a great role model

Published: November 28, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Dan Horton quadriplegic teacher aideA MAN who became a quadriplegic after a motorbike accident is working as a teacher aide at Yarwun Primary School, and is one of the best, according to staff.

Dan Horton took a break from studying yesterday to reflect on the accident that 10 years ago put him in a wheelchair.

“It’s not something to celebrate, but I definitely thought about it,” he said.

“It feels like it only happened a few months ago, but at the same time it feels so far away.”