Category: ‘Research for a Cure’


Paralysis Implant Shows Promise Outside Lab

Posted on January 3rd, 2020

Dr. Jonathan Jagid, chief of functional neurosurgery and researcher at University of Miami Health System, discusses a study in partnership with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis that translates thoughts into movement for patients with spinal cord injury (SCI).


Advancements in Spinal Cord Research Give the Severely Injured Hope

Posted on December 19th, 2019


Spinal Cord Treatment Helps Kansas Man Move After Paralysis

Posted on December 6th, 2019

Jerod Nieder has been paralyzed from the chest down for the past eight years, but lying on his back as researchers call out commands — “right knee up” — Nieder is able to slowly move his knee toward his chest.

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A Common Drug Could Help Restore Limb Function After Spinal Cord Injury

Posted on December 4th, 2019

In mouse study, nerve pain drug gabapentin promotes regeneration of neural circuits

Motor Axons in a Mouse Model.
In one of the mouse models for this research, one side of the descending spinal pathway is damaged (above right) while the other side (above left) remains intact. In this image, bright streaks on the right show that in mice treated with gabapentin, descending motor axons are able to sprout to send nerve impulses to the denervated part of the spinal cord – a key step in rebuilding the central nervous system after injury.

Long-term treatment with gabapentin, a commonly prescribed drug for nerve pain, could help restore upper limb function after a spinal cord injury, new research in mice suggests.

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Tapping into Spinal Cord Intelligence Could Help Paralyzed Patients Walk Again

Posted on December 3rd, 2019

‘We’re at the edge of merging the human and the machine,’ says U of A researcher

Vivian Mushahwar
Bioengineer Vivian Mushahwar holds a hair-like wire that would be used to stimulate control centers in the spinal cord for standing and walking in spinal cord-injury patients. (Credit: University of Alberta)

An electrical implant along with advances in mapping the spinal cord at the University of Alberta could soon help those with spinal injuries walk again.

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