Purdue University clinical trial on alternating electrical current therapy in subacute spinal cord injury
Although this trial was announced in December of 2000 ( http://purduenews.uns.purdue.edu/UNS/htmlarchive/html4ever/00Q4/00 12.Science/001120.Borgens.SpinalTrial.html ), there has been no further information concerning enrollment of patients into the trial. It is intended for patients within 2 weeks after injury.
[This message was edited by Wise Young on August 06, 2001 at 01:42 PM.]
An earlier story about the funding for the Purdue/UIndiana spinal cord stimulation trial.
Human trial for spinal injury treatment launched by IU, Purdue
INDIANAPOLIS - The first human clinical trial of a new treatment for spinal cord injuries was announced today by the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The FDA-approved trial at the IU School of Medicine is based on treatments developed at Purdue. In these treatments, dogs suffering paralysis from natural causes regained partial function. (More information about the trial and the IU School of Medicine Head and Spinal Cord Injury Center is available here.)
Also today, a major source of private funding for the universities' joint paralysis research effort was announced.
Mari Hulman George, chairman of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is contributing $2.7 million to IU and Purdue. The gift is being used to establish endowed professorships at both universities: a named professorship in the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine's Institute for Applied Neurology, and a named chair in the IU School of Medicine's Division of Neurosurgery.
"I am pleased to be able to help both Indiana and Purdue universities in their research to help victims of spinal cord injuries," said George. "In this season of Thanksgiving, perhaps this gift will help give more hope to those victims and their families who are looking forward to new developments. Our family has been touched by this, as have many. I very much appreciate what the State of Indiana is doing to help and especially the efforts of researchers at IU and Purdue."
George's gift will augment funding from the state of Indiana, which committed $1 million annually for two years to Indiana and Purdue universities to support the application of research on spinal cord and head injuries.
The human clinical trial will test whether weak electrical fields applied to spinal cord injuries can promote better functional recovery through regeneration of injured spinal cord nerve fibers. The electrical fields are imposed over the spinal cord injury through use of a new implantable medical device, called an extraspinal oscillating field stimulator.
The trial will begin later this year and is open to patients between the ages of 18 and 65 who have suffered a spinal cord injury. Patients must be entered into the trial within 18 days from the time of their injury; there are other exclusionary criteria that are available from the clinical trials coordinator.
Purdue Professor Richard Borgens, director of the Institute for Applied Neurology, said the state support, coupled with George's contribution, is helping speed the process of bringing promising experimental treatments into human clinical trials.
"In the past we have had to apply for grants and corporate sponsorships in order to fund human trials, and that process can many years," he said. "We have been able and will continue, to move more quickly into human trials with techniques found to be both safe and effective on animal patients."
Dr. Paul Nelson, Betsey Barton Professor and chairman of the neurosurgery division at IU, said the pairing of the two universities is unique. "This is the beginning of our research into treatments that can be used collectively to improve the regeneration of the injured human spinal cord," he said. "The IU-Purdue collaboration in spinal cord research is an important partnership. It fits the universities' drive to engage in translational research, which creates an effective bridge between basic science research and patient care."
Spinal cord injuries represent a growing medical and financial dilemma for state governments, yet only a few other states-Kentucky, Florida and Virginia among them - fund paralysis research.
The Indiana General Assembly approved the effort in spring 1999 and made the money available July 1999. The funds provide a stable operating budget for equipment and professional staff who will conduct coordinated research and test new developments.
Fa sho. I graduated from Purdue (seriously) in 93. How ironic dat I was there for 5 years and now they are doing hella research there. The vet school (and engineering) is all world; very competitive. I've heard that Dr. Borgens knows his shit, but he isn't that well known. The George family (owners of the Indy Motor Speedway) are into the research as well. Maybe because of Sam Schmidt?? There track is hella accessible and they take good care of disabled folk.
My phat site (Not SCI related)
Any news what happened since? Or money just vanished in a black hole....
Originally Posted by Wise Young
I just happen to be the 3rd person to try this back in 2001 sadly I have no improvements from it. I have gained 24/7 stomach pain in the last 5 years but can't confirm why it is...