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    Experimental implant shows promise for restoring voluntary movement after spinal cord injury

    UCLA scientists test electrical stimulation that bypasses injury; technique boosts patient?s finger control, grip strength up to 300 percent
    Elaine Schmidt | December 13, 2016
    A spinal stimulator being tested by doctors at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is showing promise in restoring hand strength and movement to a California man who broke his neck in a dirt bike accident five years ago.
    In June, Brian Gomez, now 28, became one of the first people in the world to undergo surgery for the experimental device.
    UCLA scientists inserted the 32-electrode stimulator below the site of Gomez?s spinal cord injury, near the C-5 vertebrae in the middle of his neck. That?s the area most commonly associated with quadriplegia, the loss of function and feeling in all four limbs.
    ?The spinal cord contains alternate pathways that it can use to bypass the injury and get messages from the brain to the limbs,? said Dr. Daniel Lu, an associate professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the school?s Neuroplasticity and Repair Laboratory. ?Electrical stimulation trains the spinal cord to find and use these pathways.?
    Although other devices have shown promise recently for treating paralysis, they were either tested in animals or relied on robotic limbs. The approach used by the UCLA doctors is unique because it is designed to boost patients? abilities to move their own hands, and because the device is implanted in the spine instead of the brain.

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    Drug trial for spinal injuries could reduce damage
    By Ellie Sibson
    Posted about 3 hours ago
    Queensland researchers are optimistic a world-first trial will revolutionise the recovery for people with new spinal cord injuries.
    The University of Queensland and Princess Alexandra Hospital have begun a three-year study on humans, after animal testing proved effective.
    As part of the trial, people will be given an anti-inflammatory drug called "intravenous immunoglobulin therapy" within 12 hours of suffering spinal cord trauma.
    When a spinal cord is injured, it becomes inflamed which causes more damage.
    Dr Marc Ruitenberg from the University of Queensland's School of Biomedical Science said the drug was found to reduce tissue damage in mice.

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    Generating Improvement In Spinal Cord Injuries
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    Source: Rush University Medical Center
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    A new therapy to treat spinal cord injuries in people who have lost all motor and sensory function below the injury site shows additional motor function improvement at 6-months and 9-months following treatment with 10 million AST-OPC1. The positive efficacy results from an ongoing research study were announced on Jan. 24 in a conference held by Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc., the biotechnology company that manufactures AST-OPC1.

    “With these patients, we are seeing what we believe are meaningful improvements in their ability to use their arms, hands and fingers at six months and nine months following AST-OPC1 administration,” said Dr. Richard G. Fessler, professor in the department of neurosurgery at Rush University Medical Center and lead investigator in the SCiStar Phase 1/2a study. Rush is one of six centers in the country currently studying this new approach.

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    University of Miami's Miami project successfully completes SCI clinical trial
    March 8, 2017

    The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, today announced the publication of its first Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Phase I clinical trial involving human nerve cells used to repair the damaged spinal cord, in the February issue of the Journal of Neurotrauma. The cells, known as Schwann cells, are essential for the repair of nerve damage, and long thought to be able to increase recovery after spinal cord injury. The trial, performed at University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, is the first in a series designed to evaluate the safety and feasibility of transplanting autologous human Schwann cells to treat individuals with spinal cord injuries.

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