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Tag: Electronic Dura Mater

Learning to Walk again

Published: February 14, 2015

paralyzed-ratsScientists at EPFL in Switzerland have designed a spinal implant which can join severed ends of the spinal cord together allowing paralysed rats to walk again once more. The implant has been named “e-Dura”, short for “Electronic Dura Mater” because the device electronically mimics the function of the dura mater, a protective layer of tissue surrounding the spinal cord. Its function is to prevent foreign substances from entering and damaging the spinal cord.

The spinal cord itself bridges the gap between the brain (where most of the decision making process takes place) and the rest of the body.