Engineering a Solution to Spinal Cord Injuries
The Engineer posted on November 23, 2017 | Comment

Like an earthquake that ruptures a road, traumatic spinal cord injuries render the body's neural highway impassable. To date, there are neither workable repairs nor detours that will restore signal flow between the brain and limbs, reversing paralysis.
"The problem with spinal cord injuries is that nerve cells do not regenerate," explained Treena Arinzeh, director of the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Tissue Engineering and Applied Biomaterials Lab, who has proposed a solution: a scaffold, made of an energetic polymer, that will coax nerve cells to extend their axons over the spine's damaged section.