Spinal Cord Injury News

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


NeuroRegen Scaffold Transplantation Brings Hope to Spinal Cord Injury Patients

A joint group of Chinese scientists has recently confirmed the safety and preliminary effective of NeuroRegen Scaffold transplantation for spinal cord injury repair. Results were published in Science China Life Sciences.

NeuroRegen Scaffold transplantation
NeuroRegen Scaffold transplantation (Image by IGDB)

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Posted in Clinical Trials and Studies, Research for a Cure on September 10th, 2021.

High-Tech Exoskeletons Improve Bowel Function in People With Spinal Cord Injury

High Tech Exoskeleton

Digestive issues are common after spinal cord injury and can lead to chronic constipation and incontinence. But robotic exoskeleton-assisted walking can improve matters in people with such injuries, researchers say.

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Posted in Assistive Technology, Therapies and Procedures on July 23rd, 2021.

‘Zombie Cells’ Hold Clues to Spinal Cord Injury Repair

A transversal cross-section of a mouse spinal cord.
The image represents a transversal cross-section of a mouse spinal cord. Neuronal cell bodies are represented in light blue delineating the butterfly shape characteristic of the gray matter, while glial projections are represented in orange-red. Credit: Diogo Paramos-de-Carvalho

Mammals have a poor ability to recover after a spinal cord injury which can result in paralysis. A main reason for this is the formation of a complex scar associated with chronic inflammation that produces a cellular microenvironment that blocks tissue repair. Now, a research team led by Leonor Saude, group leader at Instituto de Medicina Molecular Joao Lobo Antunes (iMM; Portugal) and Professor at Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, have shown that the administration of drugs that target specific cellular components of this scar, improve functional recovery after injury. The results now published in the scientific journal Cell Reports* set the basis for a new promising therapeutic strategy not only for spinal cord injuries, but potentially for other organs that lack regenerative competence.

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

How Stem Cells Synchronize to Repair the Spinal Cord in Axolotls

A cross-section of axolotl spinal cord.
A cross-section of axolotl spinal cord. Neural stem cells are red and green in the middle, lining the hollow, fluid-filled centre of the spinal cord (central canal). Neurons are located on the outside – nerve fibres are labelled in yellow. Blue labels all cell nuclei. © L. Otsuki/IMP

Few animals can regenerate their spinal cord after an injury. The axolotl, a salamander endemic to Mexico, can mobilize stem cells in its spinal cord to regrow the lost tissue. An international team of scientists from Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Austria, and the Technische Universität Dresden in Germany investigated the early stages of this process and found that stem cells synchronize over surprisingly long distances to orchestrate regeneration. Their findings are now published on the online platform eLife.

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Posted in Research for a Cure on June 25th, 2021.

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.

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