Spinal Cord Repair Group Honors Scientist’s Work with VNS Therapy

Dr. Patrick Ganzer, research fellow in the Texas Biomedical Device Center at UT Dallas, won a best paper award from the International Spinal Cord Repair group for his work that uses vagus nerve stimulation as a possible therapy for patients.

Dr. Patrick Ganzer, research fellow in the Texas Biomedical Device Center at UT Dallas, won a best paper award from the International Spinal Cord Repair group for his work that uses vagus nerve stimulation as a possible therapy for patients.

A group of leading clinicians and experts dedicated to translational research in spinal cord injuries has recognized the work of a research fellow in the Texas Biomedical Device Center at UT Dallas.

Based on preclinical studies, vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) paired with rehabilitation shows promise in restoring function after spinal cord injury and could expand the number of possible patients for the therapy.

Dr. Patrick Ganzer won a best paper award from the International Spinal Cord Repair (ISCORE) group for work that uses VNS paired with rehabilitation to enhance neuroplasticity — the changing of the nervous system in response to new experiences. The study found that VNS therapy with rehabilitation helped recover 75 percent more forelimb strength than rehabilitation alone after a cervical spinal cord injury.

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