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    Victorian doctor in spinal injury breakthrough
    Adam Ipsen

    04 February 2008 - 11:09AM

    A TRARALGON orthopaedic surgeon has succeeded in the fight for Australia's and possibly the world's first adult stem cell treatment trial on humans.
    The surgeon, Dr George Owen, is also the executive director of spinal injury research group `Step Ahead Australia'.
    Dr Owen's personal involvement in spinal injury research started after his son Sam broke his neck in a diving accident in 1995.
    "We've been involved in a personal way with the spinal cord industry since then (though) I've been professionally involved in it for years," Dr Owen said.
    "After the initial shock of it all we looked at how we could support research for a spinal cure."
    Dr Owen and his wife Barbara ended up "practically running" Step Ahead Australia.
    Now with the first clinical trials for Cervical Myelopathy, a degenerative spinal cord injury with no cure, Dr Owen believes many treatments could be developed.
    He said reducing the $1.2 billion dollar cost of care for injured people was important but improving the quality of life was the goal.
    "If you're in a wheelchair, if you want to have a bowel action, you can't move your feet, can't feed yourself, no able bodied person could even conceive that," Dr Owen said.
    "They need full time care or very close to full time care, they need someone to wash, bathe and feed them.
    "Spinal cord injury is a young person's disease, the average age is a bit over 20. Eighty per cent of injuries are males and half of them are younger than 24. "Suddenly their life is shattered without the use of legs, bladder and bowl functions

    http://nqr.farmonline.com.au/news_re...tegory=general

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    It sounds like a step in the right direction.,I wonder how many people will be involved? How long the tests will take? ECT.

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    Spinal cord stem cell hope

    Spinal cord stem cell hope

    January 31, 2008 12:00am

    SPINAL cord injury sufferers have been given fresh hope of improved movement with the first Australian trial of a new adult stem cell treatment.
    The trial will be conducted at a new dedicated spinal cord laboratory at Melbourne's St Vincent's Hospital, the first of its kind in Australia to co-ordinate national and international research and apply it to patients.
    Every day sees a new spinal cord injury in Australia, with the cost of care estimated at $1.2 billion a year and no cure in sight.
    "This is a major unmet medical need," said Dr George Owen, head of Step Ahead Australia, (formerly the Spinal Cord Society of Australia). Dr Owen's son, Sam, 26, became a quadriplegic 13 years ago after diving into a shallow pool.
    http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/sto...1-2862,00.html

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