This is where the staff of the Reeve Foundation is sharing up-to-the-minute information and putting some context around the news affecting the spinal cord injury and paralysis community. Not to mention insight into what's going on here at the Foundation.
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Category: Research Category
From InVivo Therapeutics:
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (April 4, 2013) - InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (NVIV), a developer of groundbreaking technologies for the treatment of spinal cord injuries (SCI) and other neurotrauma conditions, today announced that the Company has received approval for its request filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Humanitarian Use Device (HUD) designation for its biopolymer scaffolding product.Read More
Interested in learning about how to get a injured or damaged spinal cord working again? Read this educational piece and watch the videos from Scientific American.
When Christopher Reeve became quadriplegic, there was little hope for patients with spinal cord injury. Now researchers are combining what they know about the central nervous system’s ability to rewire and regrow with a new understanding of the hidden smarts of the spinal cord to dramatically improve treatments.Read More
Jennifer French, living with quadriplegia, who was featured in last winter's Progress in Research publication regarding FES cycling, recently received an award for her sailing achievements.
At an emotional ceremony today at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, Johnny Heineken (Larkspur, Calif.) and Jennifer French (St. Petersburg, Fla.) were celebrated as US Sailing’s 2012 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. Formally announced in January after being chosen for their outstanding on-water sailing accomplishments in 2012, the honorees were joined by family, friends, sailing dignitaries, fellow sailors and members of the media for a luncheon program.Read More
The brain is one powerful tool, isn't it? Just ask Jan Scheuermann. Living with spinocerebellar dgeneration, her brain and body no longer make a connection. Jan has used her brain power to move a robotic arm. Here's the story from CBS' 60 Minutes:
In a decade of war, more than 1,300 Americans have lost limbs on the battlefield. And that fact led the Department of Defense to start a crash program to help veterans and civilians by creating an artificial arm and hand that are amazingly human. But that's not the breakthrough. We don't use that word very often because it's overused. But when you see how they have connected this robotic limb to a human brain, you'll understand why we made an exception.Read More
Nice video interview with a woman who was implanted with a stimulator from Case Western Reserve University developed by Hunter Peckham, Ph.D., Donnell Institute Professor; Director, Functional Electrical Stimulation Center.Read More
Here is something we ran across, that is in a very early stage, but worth keeping an eye on -- Muse. Their promotional material says:Read More
We have introduced you before to Dr. Aileen Anderson and her husband Brian Cummings who are both neuroscientists at the Reeve-Irvine Center at the University of California, Irvine, and their work is behind the only clinical trial at this time involving stem cells and chronic spinal cord injury. (Learn more about them.)
Now catch up with them about their latest honor, "Hottest 25 People in O.C." list and how they explain their history from learning about stem cells to utilizing them to treat patients.
The 9th annual Annual Christopher Reeve Hot Topics in Stem Cell Biology Evening of Data Blitzes will be held tonight, 10/15, at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans. Read More
From CNN Health:
As the sun rose over France on August 13, 2011, Knut Olstad was looking forward to continuing his bicycle journey along the Tour de France route. But by the end of the day, the vacation had taken a terrible turn that would change his life.
The 46-year-old financial consultant from Norway doesn't remember much about the accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. He was shown pictures of himself lying on the ground with a broken back after being catapulted from his bike while trying to avoid a collision with a car.Read More
For the first time, new research demonstrates that innovative rehabilitative treatments for individuals with spinal cord injuries can lead to significant functional improvements in patients and a higher quality of life.Read More
The Reeve Foundation is pleased to highlight publication of the NACTN/AOSpine Focus Issue on Spinal Cord Injury, which is a special supplement to the September issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. Read More
In an ongoing clinical trial, a paralyzed woman was able to reach for and sip from a drink on her own – for the first time in nearly 15 years – by using her thoughts to direct a robotic arm. Read More
We just produced a new public service announcement asking people to support research for the study of SCI. It was developed by the Reeve Foundation's advertising partner BBDO New York, and features Rob Summers, a former college baseball pitcher, who was completely paralyzed from the chest down in 2006 after being struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run accident. Read More
This note comes from Paralysis Resouce Center Information Specialist, Donna. If you are interested in being part of a clinical trial, this is for you. Read on: Read More