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    Cords and harmony: UCD prof eyes new way to treat spinal cord injuries

    Cords and harmony: UCD prof eyes new way to treat spinal cord injuries

    Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 12:53 pm | Updated: 8:33 am, Thu Sep 8, 2011.
    Cords and harmony: UCD prof eyes new way to treat spinal cord injuries SARA CASTELLANOS Staff Writer Aurora Sentinel | 0 comments

    Stephen Davies was lying on a paradisal beach in southern Thailand at 23 when all of a sudden, an overwhelming sense of work ethic washed over him.

    For 10 months, Scottish-born Davies had been gallivanting around the globe, visiting cities in the United States, New Zealand, Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia. He had just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Sussex University in England and was about to embark on yet another trip when the trajectory of his life changed course.

    “I thought, you know what, it’s time to go back and start doing something a little more intellectual and challenging,” he said.

    Anyone with a spinal cord injury or a disease that affects the central nervous system like Alzheimer’s or multiple sclerosis should be grateful for Davies’ coastal epiphany.

    Now, at 46, Davies is an associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and he’s making breakthroughs in science to promote functional recovery in patients with spinal cord injuries.


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    Vice President, Operations as InVivo Prepares for Human Studies
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    Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:30am EDT

    InVivo Therapeutics Promotes Lauren Mitarotondo to Vice President, Operations as InVivo Prepares for Human Studies

    InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (OTCBB: NVIV), a company focused on the development of groundbreaking technologies for the treatment of spinal cord injuries (SCI), today announced that Lauren Mitarotondo has been promoted to the newly-created position of Vice President, Operations. Reporting to Frank Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Mitarotondo will be responsible for daily operations including regulatory affairs, facilities, human resources, and strategic partnerships

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    Bioness to showcase Mobility Products at Paralyzed Veterans Summit
    NESS L300® Foot Drop System and NESS L300® Plus System Help Patients with Central Nervous System Disorders Improve Mobility and Physical Independence

    Valencia, CA (PRWEB) September 12, 2011

    Bioness Inc. today announced the company’s participation in the Paralyzed Veterans of America Summit 2011 and Expo, September 16 - 18, in Orlando, Florida. Paralyzed Veterans of America is a non-profit organization that serves US veterans with disabilities and their families.

    Bioness will be showcasing its breakthrough NESS L300® Foot Drop System and the new NESS L300® Plus System, which was recently cleared for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Both advanced rehabilitation systems use mild functional electrical stimulation, or FES, for the treatment of foot drop. Foot Drop, the difficulty or inability to raise the front part of the foot, causes difficulty walking and instability for people who are in recovery from a stroke, or who are suffering from other central nervous conditions such as a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or multiple sclerosis.

    Both systems can be used in inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation settings as well as with a prescription in the home to help potentially realize a variety of clinical benefits, including improving mobility, maintaining or increasing range of motion, re-educating muscles and preventing or slowing muscle loss.

    Worn on the leg, the NESS L300 has three main parts: a comfortable, lightweight functional stimulation cuff which fits just below the knee and contains electrodes to provide stimulation to underactive muscles; an innovative Intelli Sense Gait Sensor™, which attaches to the shoe and senses foot position, changing terrain and walking speed; and a wireless, portable control unit, which adjusts the level of stimulation and turns the unit on and off remotely. The three components use wireless communication to "talk" to each other. When a patient tries to walk, the NESS L300 uses low-level electrical stimulation to activate the nerves which control the muscles to lift the foot, helping individuals to walk again and lessen the restrictions experienced with foot drop.


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    Paralysed rugby star urges medics to seize on stem cell progres.

    13 September 2011

    A FORMER rugby player whose spine was snapped during a match is hoping that a US scientist at the forefront of stem cell research will convince Edinburgh medics to begin similar work which could one day enable him to walk again.

    David Millar, who lost the use of his legs after his accident 21 years ago, has raised thousands of pounds for the work of California-based Dr Hans Keirstead.

    Now the 44-year-old has brought Dr Keirstead to the Capital and tomorrow he will lecture

    doctors and scientists on the "holy grail" of medical advances.

    Mr Millar said: "There is a lot of research being done in Edinburgh into stem cells with regards to motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis, and there is interest in dovetailing this with research into spinal cord injuries. Dr Keirstead is one of the leading experts in spinal repair, and he will tell us about the latest stage of his trials. He's now treating people with stem cells.


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    California Stem Cell Leaders Keirstead and Airriess Scheduled to Speak at Leading Stem Cell Conferences

    IRVINE, Calif. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - California Stem Cell, Inc. (CSC)'s Hans S. Keirstead, Ph.D. and Chris Airriess, Ph.D. are scheduled to speak at four upcoming stem cell conferences focused on bringing together the top technology drivers in this field. The conferences, taking place through September and early October, will provide platforms for stem cell experts to discuss recent industry developments.

    Stem Cells USA & Regenerative Medicine 2011, September 12-15 in Boston, will focus on commercial development and investment opportunities for pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Dr. Airriess, who has spoken at this highly respected conference in previous years, will present on patient-focused approaches to successful commercialization of regenerative medicine for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. He is also scheduled to participate in a panel discussion on which pluripotent cell types work best in an industrial paradigm.


  6. #166
    Melson to appear in Special Attraction Bout on Martinez-Barker undercard!
    September 13th, 2011


    With America’s first clinical trial for Spinal Cord Injuries tentatively scheduled for 2012, Melson is donating his entire purse for the sixth consecutive time to “Justadollarplease” in effort to ensure that he is doing his part so the necessary resources are available to make the trial successful.


  7. #167
    Hope something good will come out of this.

    Top Clinicians and Researchers Conference to "Hurry History" on Paralysis Treatments, Therapies and Cure

    Paralyzed Veterans' Summit 2011 brings together best and brightest in spinal cord injury medicine

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The best and the brightest minds in spinal cord injury medicine will convene this weekend for Paralyzed Veterans of America's Summit 2011. The renowned clinicians will cover topics such as tackling pain and progress in multiple sclerosis treatments, and discuss how close we are to breakthroughs in this vitally important—yet often overlooked—area of medicine and health care.

    "Paralyzed Veterans' Summit 2011 is a venue for clinicians to 'hurry history.' We all come to this issue from different disciplines, yet we all want the same thing: better treatments, therapies and—sooner rather than later—a cure for paralysis," said Lana McKenzie, associate executive director of Medical Services and Health Policy for Paralyzed Veterans of America.


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    With device’s aid, the paralyzed take steps anew
    Rehabilitation facilities test robotic exoskeleton

    David Leone left behind his familiar wheelchair, shifting himself onto a chair where a robotic external skeleton fitted to his 5-foot-11-inch frame sat waiting. Half a dozen people scurried around him, cinching Velcro straps tight around his legs and torso. He grabbed the handles of a walker, leaned forward, and hoisted himself to his feet.

    Seven years after he last walked, Leone - paralyzed from the waist down - lifted his right foot and took a step, with the robotic technology moving his limbs.

    The 37-year-old from Millis kept on going, racking up 284 steps in a 42-minute session this week at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.

    “It’s a steep learning curve,’’ he said afterward. “It felt a little awkward at first. But there were a couple of times where it just felt . . . normal.’’


    'Iron Man' suit tech within grasp: B.C. scientist
    The Canadian Press
    Posted: Sep 14, 2011 10:00 PM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 14, 2011 9:55 PM ET
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  10. #170
    Scientists 'restore breathing' in spinal cord injuryRSS Feed

    15 September 2011
    Scientists have developed a technique which could restore breathing in patients with upper spinal injury.

    A team from Case Western Reserve University bridged a spinal cord injury, reconnecting lost nerve connections to the diaphragm, according to research published in journal Nature.

    In the study, which was carried out on mice, this treatment restored between 80 and more than 100 per cent breathing function.


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