Tag Archives: Dr. Susan Harkema

How paralyzed people are learning to walk

How paralyzed people are learning to walk | Susan Harkema | TEDxManhattanBeach Until now, it was believed that paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury was irreversible. In her provocative talk, Susan Harkema shares breakthrough research showing amazing functionality of the … Continue reading

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Motor recovery after activity-based training with spinal cord epidural stimulation in a chronic motor complete paraplegic

The prognosis for recovery of motor function in motor complete spinal cord injured (SCI) individuals is poor. Our research team has demonstrated that lumborsacral spinal cord epidural stimulation (scES) and activity-based training can progressively promote the recovery of volitional leg … Continue reading

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Characterizing cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction in individuals with spinal cord injury

Society for Neuroscience Chicago 2015 Nanosymposium Energy Metabolism and Cardiovascular Regulation Autonomic Regulation Authors: *S. WANG1, S. ASLAN1,2, C. FERREIRA1, J. GUNTER1, J. WYLES1, D. WANG1, S. HARKEMA1,2; 1Dept. of Neurolog. Surgery, Univ. of Louisville, Louisville, KY; 2Neurosci. Collaborative Ctr., … Continue reading

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Transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation as a tool to investigate function of vestibulospinal, reticulospinal, and corticospinal descending pathways

Quantification of the function of the descending vestibulospinal, reticulospinal, and corticospinal pathways is critical to understanding the connectivity and neuroplasticity in the central nervous system. Previous works have examined the effects of galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS), auditory startle response (ASR), … Continue reading

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Identifying descending propriospinal influence on lumbosacral motor neuron excitability after spinal cord injury: Effects of ulnar nerve stimulation on MMR amplitude in leg muscles

Society for Neuroscience Chicago 2015 Motoneuron Excitability SCI and Plasticity Identifying descending propriospinal influence on lumbosacral motor neuron excitability after spinal cord injury: Effects of ulnar nerve stimulation on MMR amplitude in leg muscles Abstract: Ongoing studies of the effects … Continue reading

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Identifying supraspinal influences on lumbosacral motor neuron excitability after spinal cord injury

Society for Neuroscience Chicago 2015 Motoneuron Excitability SCI and Plasticity Identifying supraspinal influences on lumbosacral motor neuron excitability after spinal cord injury: Effects of galvanic vestibular stimulation and acoustic startle reflex on MMR amplitude in leg muscles Abstract: In the … Continue reading

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Activity-dependent improvement of full weight-bearing standing with epidural stimulation in chronic complete paraplegics

Society for Neuroscience Chicago 2015 Spinal Cord Injury I Spinal Cord Injury and Plasticity Support: NIH Grant R01EB007615 NIH Grant 8P30GM103507 CDRF Kessler Foundation Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center University of … Continue reading

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Swiss Neuromodulation: Gregorie Courtine & Susan Harkema

Courtine: Harkema: Dr. Reggie Edgerton will be a speaker at the 9th Annual Working 2 Walk Science and Advocacy Symposium in Seattle, Washington on October 18th at 11:15 A.M.  He’ll be in a breakout session from 12:00 P.M. – 12:45 P.M. … Continue reading

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For paralyzed men, sexual function just as important as walking

By Elizabeth Cohen, Senior Medical Correspondent CNN While practicing for a national motocross competition in 2009, Kent Stephenson’s motorcycle suddenly locked up and crashed, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. He was just 21 years old and would never … Continue reading

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Science Friday Interview with Dr. Susan Harkema and Dr. Roderic Pettigrew

Reawakening Limbs After Years of Paralysis… Public Radio International: LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE: Susan J. Harkema, Ph.D. professor, rehabilitation research director of the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center and the director of research at Frazier … Continue reading

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