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    Journal of Neurotrauma Paper on Spinal Cord Injury Wins Prestigious Award from American Spinal Injury Association

    Journal of Neurotrauma Paper on Spinal Cord Injury Wins Prestigious Award from American Spinal Injury Association

    LARCHMONT, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 20, 2003--The American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) awarded its prize for the best published paper of the year in the area of spinal cord injury to a paper published in the December issue (Volume 19, Number 12) of Journal of Neurotrauma.

    Lead author Andrei V. Krassioukov, M.D., Ph.D., of Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto, accepted the award at the annual ASIA meeting in Miami, Florida. The Journal of Neurotrauma is a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. ( This paper will be available free online at
    In the paper entitled, "Sensitivity of Sympathetically Correlated Spinal Interneurons, Renal Sympathetic Nerve Activity, and Arterial Pressure to Somatic and Visceral Stimuli after Chronic Spinal Injury," Krassioukov and co-authors Devin G. Johns, M.S., and Lawrence P. Schramm, Ph.D., of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, presented the results of experiments in rats, which show that chronic spinal cord injury leads to changes in nerve circuits in the spine that can result in exaggerated responses to stimuli. These changes could explain the observation in humans with chronic spinal cord damage that even mild stimuli, such as touching or other light pressure on the skin, or pressure due to a full bladder or bowel, can cause a dramatic rise in arterial blood pressure, which may lead to life-threatening disorders such as bleeding in the brain or stroke.

    "This paper addresses an important, yet poorly appreciated area of spinal cord injury, noting the potential for maladaptive neuroplastic changes in the chronic stages of injury that can contribute to autonomic dysreflexia," says John T. Povlishock, Ph.D., editor of the Journal of Neurotrauma. "Although thematically distant from the majority of the published works on spinal cord injury, which focus on either acute pathobiological or reparative mechanisms, the publication of this novel and important study reflects the Journal's commitment to report the full spectrum of laboratory and clinical findings relevant to traumatic brain and spinal cord injury."

    The Journal of Neurotrauma is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal published monthly in print and online that focuses on the latest advances in the clinical and laboratory investigation of traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Emphasis is on the basic pathobiology of injury to the nervous system, and the papers and reviews evaluate preclinical and clinical trails targeted at improving the early management and long-term care and recovery of patients with traumatic brain injury. The Journal of Neurotrauma is the official journal of the National Neurotrauma Society and the International Neurotrauma Society. A complete table of contents and a free sample issue may be viewed online at
    Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry's most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm's 60 journals, books, and newsletters is available at

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    Senior Member Max's Avatar
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    Good Doc. Krassioukov

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    Senior Member mk99's Avatar
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    I heard Dr. Krassioukov speak at a conference a few months ago.

    Interesting work... but in my opinion thoroughly useless to any of us. We all know AD is a fact of life for people usually above a T6 injury. So what? How does this work in any way, shape or form bring us closer to getting out of these wheelchairs?

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