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Discovery Offers New Hope to Repair Spinal Cord Injuries

By Dana G. Smith, PhD / Gladstone News / April 24, 2017 Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes created a special type of neuron from human stem cells that could potentially repair spinal cord injuries. These cells, called V2a interneurons, transmit … Continue reading

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Robotic platform maximizing gravity-dependent gait interactions to train standing and walking after neurological disorders

Gait recovery after neurological disorders requires re-mastering the interplay between body mechanics and gravitational forces. Despite the importance of gravity-dependent gait interactions for promoting this learning, this essential aspect of gait rehabilitation have received little attention. Here, we introduce a … Continue reading

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Mayo pushes forward with Neuromodulation Discoveries for SCI

Drs. Peter Grahn, Kendall Lee, Igor Lavrov, and Kristin Zhao, from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, review the results of their study appearing in the April 2017 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings showing volitional movement, standing, and step-like actions via … Continue reading

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Gait rehabilitation enabled by epidural electrical stimulation of lumbar segments in a person with a chronic incomplete SCI

Various studies in animal models showed that robot-assisted gait rehabilitation enabled by epidural electrical stimulation of the lumbar spinal cord improves the recovery of leg motor control after spinal cord injury. Recent studies showed that this stimulation is also capable … Continue reading

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Stretching the boundaries of neural implants

Rubbery, multifunctional fibers could be used to study spinal cord neurons and potentially restore function. David L. Chandler | MIT News Office Implantable fibers have been an enormous boon to brain research, allowing scientists to stimulate specific targets in the … Continue reading

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Rerouting cortical drive through residual spinal tissue mediates motor function recovery after severe SCI

A severe contusion of thoracic segments disrupts the motor-circuit communication matrix linking the brain and the spinal cord. Electrochemical stimulation applied over lumbar segments restored this communication, which enabled volitional control of leg movements in rodents and humans with motor … Continue reading

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Identification of Intrinsic Axon Growth Modulators for Intact CNS Neurons after Injury

Kathren L. Fink, Francesc López-Giráldez, In-Jung Kim, Stephen M. Strittmatter, William B.J. Cafferty Open Access DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2017.02.058 Highlights •Mechanisms driving functional plasticity of intact CNS circuits are unknown •Retrograde spinal tracing reveals CST neurons undergoing functional plasticity •Transcriptional profiling of … Continue reading

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U.S. Capitol Police arrest people in wheelchairs inside the Capitol Rotunda over Trumpcare Health Bill

A U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman says 54 people, many in wheelchairs, were arrested Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda as they protested the health care bill being considered in the House. Spokeswoman Eva Malecki says the 41 women and 13 men … Continue reading

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What Budget Cuts Might Mean for US Science

A look at the historical effects of downsized research funding suggests that the Trump administration’s proposed budget could hit early-career scientists the hardest. By Diana Kwon | March 21, 2017 The Trump administration’s proposed federal budget has already evoked significant … Continue reading

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CITC LTD and partners on personalized stem cell therapies for injury and diseases of the CNS

CITC Ltd has recently concluded a non-esclusive license agreement with Provendis GmbH, a technology transfer agency of 27 universities of North Rhine-Westphalia, including the University of Bonn, for a manufacturing technology of autologous induced neural stem cells (iNSC) from adult … Continue reading

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