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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

New cell-sorting technology could improve the development of cell therapies

UCLA researchers create magnetic ratcheting system that could help prepare medical therapies more quickly and accurately Matthew Chin | February 25, 2016 Researchers at UCLA have developed a new way to separate and organize cells suspended in fluid samples by their subtle biochemical differences. The system sorts cells more quickly and accurately than current methods,

Molecule proves key to brain repair after stroke

Nov. 9, 2015 - NIH Research Matters At a Glance Scientists found that a molecule known as growth and differentiation factor 10 (GDF10) plays a key role in repair mechanisms following stroke. Insights from the study will inform future research into therapies to promote stroke recovery. Neurons that have been exposed to GDF10 grow more

November 9th, 2015|Categories: Stroke|Tags: , , |

Completely Paralyzed Man Voluntarily Moves His Legs, Scientists Report

Robotic step training and noninvasive spinal stimulation enable patient to take thousands of steps Stuart Wolpert | September 01, 2015 Courtesy of Mark Pollock Mark Pollock and trainer Simon O’Donnell A39-year-old man who had been completely paralyzed for four years was able to voluntarily control his leg muscles and take thousands of steps in a “robotic

Paralyzed Men Gain Movement Without Surgery

August 10, 2015 At a Glance A noninvasive treatment helped 5 men with complete muscle paralysis in the lower body voluntarily move their legs in a step-like pattern. The finding suggests that stimulation may help reactivate dormant nerve connections between the brain and spinal cord in some paralyzed patients. The spinal cord is the central

UCLA study reveals bone-building protein’s impact on bone stem cells

Results could one day lead to treatment for millions of people living with bone loss Mirabai Vogt-James | June 29, 2015 Broad Stem Cell Research CenterTop row: Double fluorescent bone labeling images of mouse spine, demonstrating greater bone formation with NELL-1 treatment (top right) in comparison to control. Bottom: Computer-simulated images compare bone strength in

June 30th, 2015|Categories: General News|Tags: , , , |

CIRM-Funded Scientists Build a Better Neuron; Gain New Insight into Motor Neuron Disease

APRIL 15, 2015 / ANNE HOLDEN, blog.cirm.ca.gov Each individual muscle in our body—no matter how large or how small—is controlled by several types of motor neurons. Damage to one or more types of these neurons can give rise to some of the most devastating motor neuron diseases, many of which have no cure. But now, stem

UCLA researchers help create ‘gold standard’ method for measuring a key early sign of Alzheimer’s disease

March 25,2015 After six years of painstaking research, a UCLA-led team has validated the first standardized protocol for measuring one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease — the atrophy of the part of the brain known as the hippocampus. The finding marks the final step in an international consortium’s successful effort to develop a

Nanotechnology platform shows promise for treating pancreatic cancer

UCLA researchers create new method that targets tumors with the same effectiveness but a significant reduction in both side effects and cost Shaun Mason | March 23, 2015   Scientists at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have combined their    nanotechnology expertise to create a new treatment that may solve some