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Cure Research: Looking to the Future

Cure Research: Looking to the Future

“This is a big day. Twenty-six years ago my father made me a promise that there would be a cure for paralysis. Today we are taking a huge step to make it happen.” — Marc Buoniconti

Tim Gilmer

Place Your Bets

The world of SCI research is evolving more rapidly now than ever before. The rats and cats and dogs and monkeys have served their time as guinea pigs, and now it’s time to bring the science out of the labs and into the lives of flesh-and-blood human beings, those of us living every moment with […]

Anti-cure protestors help or hurt?

Anti-cure protestors help or hurt?

They say protesters are a sign that our legal system is healthy, but the latest batch of protesters – a group of spinal cord injured individuals in Minnesota, protesting a bill that would fund spinal cord injury research – are really starting to irk me. They first revealed they were against the bill (when it […]

SCI research bill in MN gets a film

SCI research bill in MN gets a film

Whether you’re for it or against it, SCI research is here to stay. What do you think? Should the government fund spinal cord injury research, or do you think they should worry about care expenses (equipment, PCA wages)? With a proposed research bill in Minnesota this week, supporters and detractors have come out in full […]

FDA Approves Lyrica for Neuropathic Pain

In June the Federal Drug Administration approved Lyrica as the first drug to treat spinal cord injury-related nerve pain. Among those who may benefit is Trudy Messanger of Sevierville, Tenn., who has battled chronic neuropathic pain since being diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis in 2003. Lyrica has already given her some relief, she says. Massanger’s […]

Human Trials to Start

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis announced July 31 that the FDA has approved a human clinical trial testing the safety of implanting a person’s own Schwann cells into newly-injured spinal cords. More info: www.miamiproject.miami.edu.

Rob Summers

Rob Summers: From Quad to Para and Beyond?

It almost looks easy — just apply 10 volts of electric current to the spinal cord and — voila! — a paralyzed man stands. Actually, the process of enabling a person with complete motor paralysis to stand voluntarily with the help of electrical stimulation may have begun more than four decades ago. In 1966 a […]

Tim Gilmer

At Last, Progress

Truth is, I never thought I’d be saying what I’m about to say: Forty-five years after the first prediction that electrical stimulation would one day help paraplegics stand and walk functionally, we’re on the verge of seeing it happen. And we’re not talking about zombie-robot-Frankenstein walking. We’re talking about the real thing. I’ve written before […]

SCI Breakthrough Surprises Para, Researchers

A C7-T1 paraplegic who had complete motor paralysis but incomplete sensory awareness is surprised that a groundbreaking experimental procedure enabled him to stand voluntarily more than three years post-injury. On Dec. 7, 2009, a five-inch long array of 16 paired electrodes was implanted on the outer surface of Rob Summers’ lumbosacral spinal cord, the segment […]

SCI Life: The Dancer Within

SCI Life: The Dancer Within

Mia Schaikewitz, 32, wasn’t a professionally trained dancer before her spinal cord injury (caused by an arteriovenous malformation rupture at age 15), but she always loved to dance. And after becoming a T9-10 para, she was not only concerned that dancing was on the chopping block, but also something much more important — her freedom […]