Spinal Cord Injury News

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


Scientists Find a New Way to Regrow Nerves in Spinal Injuries

In experiments on rats with spinal cord injuries, the rodents improved their walking ability following treatment.

Neuronal growth before and after.
Neuronal growth before, left, and after, right, the team’s treatment

New research from the University of Aberdeen has found a new way to repair injured spinal nerves.

Researchers achieved significant regrowth of injured spinal nerves in rats when they activated a specific molecule found in nerve cells.

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Posted in Research for a Cure on March 13th, 2020.

New Strategies for Managing Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction after Spinal Cord Injury

Scientists translate research in the evaluation of neurogenic bowel and bladder toward the goal of improving independence, self-efficacy, and quality of life among individuals with spinal cord injury.

Among the many challenges to independence and quality of life after spinal cord injury, two complications have emerged as top priorities for researchers – neurogenic bowel and neurogenic bladder. With funding from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, researchers formulated a framework for planning and executing the research needed in these areas, and established recommendations for translating research findings into practical recommendations for community use by individuals with spinal cord injury.

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Posted in Therapies and Procedures on March 12th, 2020.

Scientists Study Link Between Energy Levels, Spinal Cord Injury

Energy Levels and Axon Growth

Each year, thousands of people in the United States experience a spinal cord injury, damaging the system of nerves that the brain and body use to communicate.

A team of researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine, in collaboration with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, have investigated how boosting energy levels within damaged nerve fibers or axons may represent a novel therapeutic direction for axonal regeneration and functional recovery.

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Posted in Research for a Cure on March 4th, 2020.

Researchers Identify a Protein That Is Critical for Wound Healing after Spinal Cod Injury

Plexin-B2, an axon guidance protein in the central nervous system (CNS), plays an important role in wound healing and neural repair following spinal cord injury (SCI), according to research conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published today in Nature Neuroscience. The study’s findings could aid the development of therapies that target axon guidance pathways for more effective treatment of SCI patients. 

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Posted in Research for a Cure on March 3rd, 2020.

Growth Factor-Modified Stem Cells Help Repair Spinal Cord Injuries in Rats

Stem Cell Research

A new study released today in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine is the first to illustrate the presence of oxygen-deprived clusters throughout the damaged site of a compressed spinal cord. It is also the first to show how transplanting basic growth factor with the use of a viral vector to target the oxygen-deprived sites enhances the injured spinal cord’s recovery.

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Posted in Research for a Cure on February 20th, 2020.

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