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Experimental implant shows promise for restoring voluntary movement after spinal cord injury

UCLA scientists test electrical stimulation that bypasses injury; technique boosts patient’s finger control, grip strength up to 300 percent Elaine Schmidt | December 13, 2016 Aspinal stimulator being tested by doctors at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is showing promise in restoring hand strength and movement to a California man who broke his neck in

Regenerative Medicine: New Clue from Fish about Healing Spinal Cord Injuries

Posted on November 15, 2016 by Dr. Francis Collins Caption: Tissue section of zebrafish spinal cord regenerating after injury. Glial cells (red) cross the gap between the severed ends first. Neuronal cells (green) soon follow. Cell nuclei are stained blue and purple. Credit: Mayssa Mokalled and Kenneth Poss, Duke University, Durham, NC Certain organisms have

Researchers amplify regeneration of spinal nerve cells

DALLAS – Oct. 11, 2016 – UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers successfully boosted the regeneration of mature nerve cells in the spinal cords of adult mammals – an achievement that could one day translate into improved therapies for patients with spinal cord injuries. “This research lays the groundwork for regenerative medicine for spinal cord injuries. We

Stem Cell Agency Spinal Cord Injury Clinical Trial Passes Safety Hurdles

Posted: August 31, 2016 Oakland, CA – A clinical trial using stem cells to treat people with recent spinal cord injuries has cleared two key safety hurdles, and been given approval to expand the therapy to a larger group of patients with a much higher dose of cells. Asterias Biotherapeutics announced that its Data Monitoring

From labs to lives: Self-replicating cells help treat neuro disorders

July 27, 2016 Scientists estimate that human bodies contain anywhere from 75 to 100 trillion cells. And of these cells, there are hundreds of different types. Yet, one cell type in particular has captured the fascination of assistant professor David Brafman: the human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC).Assistant professor David Brafman mentoring biomedical engineering junior Lexi

Scientists use stem cells to regrow spinal cords

Research on rats could one day help paralyzed humans 29.03.2016 By Barry Eitel SAN FRANCISCO Scientists announced Tuesday that they have successfully regenerated the spinal cords of paralyzed rats using stem cells, a breakthrough that the researchers hope will lead to human trials. Researchers built tiny patches of stem cells collected from rats and humans. They

Engineering a spinal cord repair kit

Feb. 29, 2016 New, multifunctional fibers to help repair nerve damage or deliver treatment for mental, neurological disorders Polina Anikeeva hopes to one day be able to regenerate the spinal cord to restore movement for paralyzed people or possibly bypass the spinal cord altogether with a device that mimics its function. With support from the

Master gene orchestrates regeneration of damaged peripheral nerves​

October 29, 2015 CAVALLI LABORATORY PHOTO To study how peripheral neurons regrow axons — the branches of nerve cells that transmit nerve signals — researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis grow them in a dish, cut them (as shown) and observe how they regrow. The researchers, led by Valeria Cavalli, PhD,

Surgeons restore hand, arm movement to quadriplegic patients

Innovative technique helps patients with neck injuries October 8, 2015 By Kristina Sauerwein  A pioneering surgical technique has restored some hand and arm movement to patients immobilized by spinal cord injuries in the neck, reports a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Like railroad switchmen, the focus is on rerouting