Lack of bladder control is one of the unseen effects of spinal cord injuries. Can neurostimulation help?

One of the unseen side effects of spinal cord injuries is a loss of bladder control. Many people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) have to take drugs to control their bladders, but unfortunately they come with lots of side effects.…

COVID vaccination and spinal cord injuries

Are you concerned about having the COVID vaccine? In the below video, Dr Sachin Shetty, Director of the Spinal Injuries Unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital and SpinalCure Board Director talks through common concerns around COVID-19 vaccinations for people…
Marc Ruitenberg in his lab

SpinalCure announces continued support for research which could help find a cure for spinal cord injury by helping us better predict outcomes

SpinalCure is pleased to announce our continued support over three years for research that is examining the inflammatory response and predicting outcomes of new spinal cord injuries — essential for progress towards a cure. The research is led by Associate…

Study reviews use of neurostimulation in early recovery from an SCI

A recent study has shown for the first time that transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation, also known as neurostimulation, can be used successfully in people while they are still recovering in hospital, writes Tom Elphick, SpinalCure Community Ambassador. Neurostimulation is one of…
Scientist injecting stem cells into test tubes

Scientists partially repair injured spinal cords using patients’ own cells

An early stage trial has shown improvement in motor functions and feeling from intravenous injection of bone marrow derived stem cells. This is a world-first: it is the first time a patient’s own bone marrow derived stem (MSCs) cells have…
Injectable stimulator - courtesty University of Cambridge

Tiny spinal cord stimulator could improve access to treatment

A tiny inflatable spinal cord stimulator has been developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge with the aim of making spinal cord stimulation more practical and accessible. While the device was developed for people with back or leg pain,…
Embryonic Stem Cells

World-first study using adult-derived stem cells on spinal cord injury patients begins

The first clinical study using adult-derived stem cells with the aim of treating people with spinal cord injuries has begun in Japan, at Keio University. The research team, led by Prof. Masaya Makamura, an orthopedic specialist, and Prof. Hideyuki Okano,…
A research participant with spinal cord injury walks in the Ekso GT assisted by a physical therapist

Exoskeleton assisted walking improves bowel function in people with chronic SCI

In further validation of the benefits of upright posture and exercise, a team of researchers from the US has reported that the time taken for bowel care and stool form were both improved by exoskeleton-assisted walking. These results were obtained…
Injured nerves stop themselves from healing

Insights into why injured nerves in the central nervous system stop themselves from healing

Three main causes for the inability of injured nerves of the central nervous system, or CNS, to regenerate have been known to date: the insufficient activation of a regeneration program in injured nerve cells that stimulates the growth of fibers,…