Friday, March 5, 2021


FDA approval to move forward with Phase I safety trial using Schwann cells in...

Published: August 1, 2012 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , , , , , , ,

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received permission from the Food and Drug Administration to begin a Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety of transplanting human Schwann cells to treat patients with recent spinal cord injuries.

We are not recruiting anybody until we obtain approval from our Institutional Review Board.

This trial is just 1 brick in the wall. We will continue working with our scientific colleagues to test other “bricks” in the wall to ultimately develop a strong defense to prevent or reverse the many effects of paralysis.

Paralyzed woman completes London Marathon wearing bionic suit

Published: May 8, 2012 | Spinal Cord Injury:

She may be paralyzed from the chest down, but a U.K. woman wearing a “robotic” suit has completed the London Marathon 16 days later.

A smiling Claire Lomas, 32, crossed the finish line Tuesday, earning her the title of the first person to complete a 42 kilometre course with the help of a ReWalk suit. The marathon began April 22.

“There were times when I questioned whether I would make it when I was training,” she told the Guardian after the race, which she walked at a pace of about 3.2 kilometres per day with her husband and 13-month-old daughter, Maisie.

Northwestern first site open for spinal cord stem cell trial

Published: September 22, 2010 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , , , , , ,

Northwestern Medicine is the first site open for enrollment in a national clinical research trial of a human embryonic stem cell-based therapy for participants with a subacute thoracic spinal cord injury. Following the procedure, participants will receive rehabilitation treatment at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC).

Northwestern also is the lead site of the trial, sponsored by Geron Corporation (Nasdaq: GERN). The trial eventually will include up to six other sites and enroll up to 10 participants nationally.

A homecoming to remember

Published: January 29, 2009 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

img022It was a homecoming to remember as Central welcomed back J. Johnson and honored him as the school’s basketball king on Friday night.

It was Johnson’s second appearance of the week at a Central ballgame after his Jan. 19 release from Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. He had been there since suffering a serious spinal cord injury in a Dec. 27 car wreck.

The Central senior said it’s great to be back in Sequoyah County and he enjoyed watching the Tigers play.

Paraplegic Instructional Driving Video

Published: August 3, 2008 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Colin Buchanan driving an adaptive vehicle, T4 paraplegic.

Injured rider is back in the saddle

Published: April 7, 2007 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Less than a year after breaking her back in a horseriding accident, Katie Estrella rides again.

8horse1_lgFULLERTON- The crowd cheered as Katie Estrella rode into the horse ring Saturday, her “Cow Girl 2006” silver belt buckle hidden behind the shirt she had buttoned up against the chill.

There were “woo hoos” as the 12-year-old circled the barrels on her horse and yells of “you go girl” as she rode to the finish line. Even her 96.345-second time – more than a minute longer than a typical Gymkhana race – brought applause.

“That was a testament that miracles do happen,” said the announcer.

Ready to return, Oliver tells Caracella: don’t rush it

Published: June 6, 2006 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

CHAMPION jockey Damien Oliver, who resumes riding at Flemington on Saturday after a 15-month absence with a career-threatening spinal injury similar to that of Collingwood forward Blake Caracella, had only three words of advice for the Magpie: “Don’t rush it.”

Caracella received fractured Vertebrae and bruising of the spinal cord in an accidental collision with Brisbane’s Tim Notting at the MCG last Saturday night.