Spinal Cord Injury News

A collection of posts on news, information and resources for those with spinal cord injuries.


Software Turns ‘Mental Handwriting’ into On-Screen Words, Sentences

Artificial intelligence, interpreting data from a device placed at the brain’s surface, enables people who are paralyzed or have severely impaired limb movement to communicate by text.

Stanford University investigators have coupled artificial-intelligence software with a device, called a brain-computer interface, implanted in the brain of a man with full-body paralysis. The software was able to decode information from the BCI to quickly convert the man’s thoughts about handwriting into text on a computer screen.

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Posted in Assistive Technology on May 14th, 2021.

Cell Reprogramming Could Aid Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

Cells called astrocytes normally support our neurons, and now scientists are working to reprogram the star-shaped cells into neurons that help reconnect the brain and body after a spinal cord injury.

“We are at the stage of optimization. We know this reprogramming is feasible and we can do it,” says Dr. Hedong Li, molecular neuroscientist in the Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia.

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Posted in Research for a Cure on May 13th, 2021.

Putting a Protein into Overdrive to Heal Spinal Cord Injuries

Scar-forming cells that overproduce the protein SOX2 made new neurons, improving recovery in mice

New Spinal Neurons

Using genetic engineering, researchers at UT Southwestern and Indiana University have reprogrammed scar-forming cells in mouse spinal cords to create new nerve cells, spurring recovery after spinal cord injury. The findings, published online today in Cell Stem Cell, could offer hope for the hundreds of thousands of people worldwide who suffer a spinal cord injury each year.

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Posted in Research for a Cure on March 6th, 2021.

Yale Scientists Repair Injured Spinal Cord Using Patients’ Own Stem Cells

Stem Cells, Cellular Therapy

Intravenous injection of bone marrow derived stem cells (MSCs) in patients with spinal cord injuries led to significant improvement in motor functions, researchers from Yale University and Japan report Feb. 18 in the Journal of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery.

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Posted in Research for a Cure on February 22nd, 2021.

Designer Cytokine Makes Paralyzed Mice Walk Again

Using gene therapy, a research team has succeeded for the first time in getting mice to walk again after a complete cross-sectional injury. The nerve cells produced the curative protein themselves.

Paralyzed Mice Began to Walk
Two to three weeks after treatment, the previously paralyzed mice began to walk. © Lehrstuhl für Zellphysiologie

To date, paralysis resulting from spinal cord damage has been irreparable. With a new therapeutic approach, scientists from the Department for Cell Physiology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) headed by Professor Dietmar Fischer have succeeded for the first time in getting paralyzed mice to walk again. The keys to this are the protein hyper-interleukin-6, which stimulates nerve cells to regenerate, and the way how it is supplied to the animals. The researchers published their report in the Journal Nature Communications from15 January 2021.

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Posted in Research for a Cure on January 16th, 2021.

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