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.…
Research stands next to person in front of computer with arms in slings

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,…

'The best' exercises for spinal cord injury survivors

Certain types of exercises can help those with spinal cord injuries improve function and adapt to using a wheelchair, explains Erin Jones, a certified specialist in neurologic physical therapy and brain injury specialist.  Erin Jones works as the rehabilitation educator for…

Injectable peptide might help spinal cord injury patients walk again

A systemically injectable peptide, which may make it possible to restore lost functions in spinal cord injury patients, is moving toward clinical trials in early 2020, BioSpace reports.  The treatment was developed by Dr Jerry Silver, a professor of neurosciences…

BioTime presents SCiStar clinical study top-line results

Biotime, a biotechnology company developing new cellular therapies, presented the top-line 12-month results from the SCiStar study – “A Phase 1/2a Trial of Human Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells (OPC1) in Patients with Subacute Cervical Spinal Cord Injury” at…

New medical trial could ‘cure spinal cord injuries in Australia’, experts claim

An extraordinary medical trial has provided a major breakthrough in global spinal cord injury research, with Australian researchers fighting to bring the new technology to Australia, Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes program reported. David Mzee was diagnosed with paraplegia in 2010…

Two patients with complete spinal cord injuries walk again

Two patients with complete spinal cord injuries have walked again after participating in a study at the University of Louisville, in Kentucky, USA. Kelly Thomas was 19 when the truck she was driving veered off the shoulder of the road.…

Study discovers key role of neuronal feedback in spinal cord injury recovery

A study published on CellReports sheds light on how a specific type of neuronal feedback from sites below a spinal cord injury can play a crucial role in the rehabilitation process. Understanding this process in more detail can help design rehabilitation strategies…