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…
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A common drug could help restore limb function after spinal cord injury

Long-term treatment with gabapentin, a commonly prescribed drug for nerve pain, could help restore upper limb function after a spinal cord injury, new research in mice suggests, Ohio State News reports. In the study, mice treated with gabapentin regained roughly…

US trial to compare transcutaneous and epidural spinal stimulation

A trial at the University of Washington which aims to compare two types of electrical stimulation is recruiting, to see which of these approaches is best for improving leg function in people with incomplete spinal cord injury. The trial will…

Climate change and spinal cord injury

An article published on the journal Nature on October 21, 2019 calls for discussions about climate change and disability to take into consideration the impact that climate change has on people with spinal cord injury. People with SCIs “remain the most vulnerable to the…
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Polymerised estrogen shown to protect nervous system cells

Researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, USA, have developed a promising new biomaterial that could offer targeted treatment to the damaged spinal cord tissue, preventing further damage after the initial trauma caused by an injury. In…

SA study hopes to find ways to restore sexual function to people with SCI

A study at the South Australia Health and Medical Research Institute hopes to find how to help restore sexual function to people with spinal cord injury. The project is called Project SCIN (Spinal Cord Injury Neurosexuality) and involves people being shown adult…

First global open-source database for spinal cord injury research

Experts from the University of Alberta and the University of California, San Francisco, are teaming up to launch the world’s first open-source database for international spinal cord injury research.  The Open Data Commons for preclinical Spinal Cord Injury research (ODC-SCI) will improve spinal…

Medical regulators warn against 'stem cell tourism'

Medical regulators have been warning against what’s known as ‘stem cell tourism’. Medical experts have warned that the downside of unproven stem cell treatments isn’t only that they won’t work, but they can be life-threatening, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.…

SpinalCure Australia funds program to help rehabilitate hand and arm function for people with SCI

UPDATE: Research participants are being sought for this project. For further information, please email: [email protected]  SpinalCure Australia is pleased to announce that $20,000 has been granted to Dr Camila Quel De Oliveira, Lecturer of Physiotherapy at UTS, to conduct a…

Quadriplegic man now able to stand two hours a day following epidural stimulation, training

A quadriplegic man who is taking part in a study at the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center is now able to stand for two hours a day, while keeping a healthy blood pressure.  Matt Wetherbee, 31,…