Category: ‘Research for a Cure’


Stimulating Axon Regrowth After Spinal Cord Injury

Posted on January 6th, 2023

Nervous System and Neuron

A new study by Burke Neurological Institute (BNI), Weill Cornell Medicine, finds that activation of MAP2K signaling by genetic engineering or non-invasive repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) promotes corticospinal tract (CST) axon sprouting and functional regeneration after spinal cord injury (SCI) in mice.

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Neuralink Is Trying To Reanimate the Body

Posted on December 2nd, 2022

Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to reanimate the body to help people who have experienced a severe spinal cord injury gain more mobility.


Unique Scaffolding Material Shows Promise in the Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury

Posted on November 30th, 2022

Unique new material developed at University of Limerick has shown significant promise in the treatment of spinal cord injury.

Synthesis schematic of gel:HA:PEDOT-NPs scaffolds
a Synthesis schematic of gel:HA:PEDOT-NPs scaffolds. Incorporation of PEDOT NPs into Gel:HA hydrogel and processing by means of lyophilisation develops porous scaffolds, (image created with BioRender.com). b SEM images of synthesized PEDOT NPs. c DLS measurement of PEDOT NPs in the hydrodynamic state

Brand new research conducted at UL’s Bernal Institute – published in leading global journal Biomaterials Research – has made exciting progress in the field of spinal cord tissue repair.

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Scientists Identify Neurons that Restore Walking After Paralysis

Posted on November 10th, 2022

A new study by scientists at the .NeuroRestore research center has identified the type of neuron that is activated and remodeled by spinal cord stimulation, allowing patients to stand up, walk and rebuild their muscles – thus improving their quality of life. This discovery, made in nine patients, marks a fundamental, clinical breakthrough. The study was published today in Nature.

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Stem Cell Grafts and Rehabilitation Combined Boost Spinal Cord Injury Results

Posted on October 29th, 2022

Neuron with dendrites and axons.
A colorized scanning electron micrograph shows a cultured human neuron with dendrites and axons. Photo by Thomas Deerinck.

In animal models, researchers found that intensive physical therapy in tandem with implanted neural stem cells increased tissue growth, repair, and functionality more than those treatments alone.

In recent years, researchers have made measurable progress, using animal models, to promote tissue regeneration in spinal cord injuries (SCI) through implanted neural stem cells or grafts. Other efforts have shown that intensive physical rehabilitation can improve function after SCI by promoting greater or new roles for undamaged or spared cells and neural circuits.

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