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Issue 3 > April 2
Antibiotic provides promise in treatment of spinal cord injuries

Dr Yang D. Teng, MD, PhD, and researchers in Boston have found that a commonly prescribed antibiotic could be used to help prevent paralysis after a partial spinal cord injury.


You can read about these exciting developments in Harvard University Gazette and Focus - News from Harvard Medical, Dental and Public Health Schools.



The full report of the findings, published in the March issue of the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as Dr Teng's comments on the research, will be available on the new Making Connections website http://www.spinalforum.com/ when it goes live in April.


Dr Teng, a key presenter at the 2003 Making Connections Premier's Forum on SCI&C, has agreed to discuss his research and answer your questions in the first Making Connections online forum, which will be held in early May (dates to be announced in the next e-newsletter and on the website). Don't forget to register to participate in what promises to be an interesting and lively forum by visiting http://www.spinalforum.com/later this month.



Latest SCI Research and News
The NSW Government will continue its program of assisting people with a disability who live in boarding houses to get involved with community-based activities more ;

NSW Government, 24 March 2004



Scientists at the German Cancer Research Centre, Heidelberg were recently able to show in experiments that paralysis can be reversed by blocking programmed cell death. more ;
CRPF, 8 March 2004



An additional 400 families who care for children and young people with a disability get a break with $3.2 million worth of new, recurrent, flexible respite services. more ;
NSW Government, 4 March 2004



What's On
Motor Neurone Disease Week is on now! 28th March - 3rd April, 2004. Buy a cornflower and raise awareness.



'Ideas and Innovations' is a two day interactive program held as part of the High Beam Festival on 6-7 May 2004. It will examine some of the best Australian and international models of work in the arts expressing disability culture. For more info email highbeamfestival@artsinaction.asn.au



PBS Television in the United States is screening 'Miracle Cell' on 13 April, part of its "Innovations' series. According to the program notes, "Miracle Cell goes to the front line of regenerative medicine to follow spinal cord and heart patients undergoing stem cell treatments and track their rapid recovery in the months that follow." more ;


Website Plans
Technical problems have resulted in a slight delay in the new Making Connections website going live...but be assured that we will be up and running in late April 2004 at www.spinalforum.com

The new site is packed with great information including the latest research from Dr Yang Teng and the team of researchers in Boston (see feature story above).

We also have front line reports from the Human Trials Workshop in Vancouver, held at the end of February. Phil Waite, Wise Young and the ICCP have each written first hand accounts of why this workshop held so much promise and interest for so many people.

Some of Australia's most eminent scientists and researchers were present at the 4th Stem Cell Network Workshop held in March. Photos and reports on this interesting day will also be on the new site.

Please note that as a result of this delay, the first online forum, 'Talk to the Experts' will be postponed until early May.

In the meantime, don't hesitate to email your suggestion for stories, forum topics or upcoming events to us.








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