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James Gribble: Person of Interest – August 2020

Our Person of Interest for August is James Gribble. We chose him because he is actively trying to improve the lives of Australians living with disabilities through his company Empower Golf. Below he shares how he came to be involved…
Clinical trial

Mayo Clinic (USA): Clinical trial of mesenchymal stem cells for traumatic SCI

Led by Dr Allan Dietz at the Mayo Clinic, this clinical trial will investigate the safety and potential therapeutic effects of mesenchymal stem cells derived from the patients own adipose tissue (body fat). Eligible participants include those with sub-acute or…
Sam Bloom and Prof Sylvia Gustin

ABC Podcast: Sam Bloom and Prof Sylvia Gustin discuss SCI and cutting-edge research

SpinalCure Ambassador talks about her journey and her hopes for the future.  She is joined by Prof Sylvia Gustin who recently received $2.5million from the $15m SCI research fund that SpinalCure secured in the 2019/20 NSW state budget. Prof Gustin…
Therapist helps patient to walk

Sim­ul­tan­eous elec­trical and mag­netic stim­u­la­tion helped a spinal cord in­jury pa­tient re­gain the abil­ity to walk

Prior case studies have shown that synchronised stimulation of the brain and limb nerves strengthens neural connections and, thus, can restore patients’ mobility. Now, researchers at the BioMag Laboratory in Helsinki, Sweden have, for the first time, looked into the…
Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a neuron. Thomas Deerinck, UC San Diego National Center for Microscopy and Imaging

Stem Cell Grafts Make Functional Connections In Spinal Injuries In Mice

Researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine used neural stem cells to “patch” up the damaged spinal cord of mice. They then used a specialized technique called calcium imaging to follow the development of new stem cells as they integrated…
Sam Bloom surfing Photo: Sean Evans

SpinalCure Ambassador Sam Bloom wins Gold at 2020 AmpSurf ISA World Para Surfing Championship

Everyone here at SpinalCure was overjoyed to hear that our Ambassador Sam Bloom won gold at the 2020 AmpSurf ISA World Para Surf Championship in La Jolla, California.  Everyone here at SpinalCure was overjoyed to hear that our Ambassador Sam…
A/Prof Marc Ruitenberg

Rejuvenating the immune system supports brain repair after injury, study finds

A breakthrough Australian study has brought about a major paradigm shift in our understanding of the immediate and chronic inflammatory changes that occur following an injury to the central nervous system, i.e. the brain and spinal cord.   A/Professor Marc…
Spinal Cord Journal cover

Best articles published on "Spinal Cord" in 2018 – 2019

Spinal Cord, a monthly journal that publishes contributions on spinal cord anatomy, physiology, management of injury and disease, and the quality of life and life circumstances of people with a spinal cord injury, has published a collection of articles from 2018 and…

Are stem cell therapies making a comeback?

Amanda Zimmerman, Senior Scientist at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, has written an interesting analysis of a 2017 study published in Nature, which reported the results of delivering stem cells with a modified form of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA)…