Identification of a key gene required for brain neural circuit formation

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/November2006/01/c6487.html November 1, 2006 (CNW Group)- An international team of scientists, lead<BR>by Dr. Frederic Charron at the IRCM, and Drs Ami Okada, Sue McConnell, and Marc Tessier-Lavigne in the USA, have made a discovery which could help treat spinal cord injuries and neurodegenerative diseases. This new finding will be published in the next issue ofContinue reading “Identification of a key gene required for brain neural circuit formation”

A glimmer of hope; Breakthrough in stem cell research could help scientists treat people with MS

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=649533&catname=Local+News&classif= <p>By Katie DeRosa, Aug11, 2007 (St. Catharines Standard- Osprey Media)- Janet Driessen gestures with enthusiasm as she talks about her disease, stopping only to calm her hyperactive aid dog, Detour, as he bounds around the room.</p> <p>Her face is warm, youthful, healthy looking. Every few minutes, she reaches under her knees and tugs atContinue reading “A glimmer of hope; Breakthrough in stem cell research could help scientists treat people with MS”

Spine injury breakthrough

http://www.times-age.co.nz/localnews/storydisplay.cfm?storyid=3782659&thesection=localnews&thesubsection=&thesecondsubsection= <p>23.08.2008 <br /> By Matt Stewart <br /> Scientists funded by Masterton’s CatWalk Trust have developed a breakthrough gel that has the potential to improve healing in spinal cord damage repair.</p> <p>&quot;This is huge  we’re very excited the money we spent is looking like it’s going to be extremely beneficial  we’re buzzing,&quot;Continue reading “Spine injury breakthrough”

New ‘BrainGate2’ trial recruiting volunteers

http://www.boston.com/news/health/blog/2009/06/post_22.html <p>An experimental device designed to help paralyzed people control computer cursors, robotic arms, or even wheelchairs just by thinking about moving them will be tested in a new hospital trial after its private-sector sponsor’s withdrawal.</p> <p>The pilot BrainGate 2 trial, funded by federal grants and led by doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital working withContinue reading “New ‘BrainGate2’ trial recruiting volunteers”

Smoking out Stem Cell Charlatans

http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/25346/ <p>The International Society for Stem Cell Research plans to evaluate the claims of clinics offering experimental stem cell treatments of dubious value.</p> <p><br /> By Emily Singer</p> <p><br /> From spinal cord injury in China to heart disease in Thailand, desperate patients trolling the internet can find a number of clinics and companies offeringContinue reading “Smoking out Stem Cell Charlatans”

Doctors seek new subjects after first successful cell transplant

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl-miami-schwann-cell-transplant-20130314,0,207093.story After decades of research, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis has completed its first human cell transplant for a spinal cord injury. Doctors grew what are called Schwann cells from nerve tissue taken from an unidentified man’s leg, then transplanted them back into his own body. The patient now has passed the critical 30-day

New Device Allows Brain To Bypass Spinal Cord, Move Paralyzed Limbs

http://www.healthcanal.com/brain-nerves/52357-new-device-allows-brain-to-bypass-spinal-cord-move-paralyzed-limbs.html COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle. Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neuralContinue reading “New Device Allows Brain To Bypass Spinal Cord, Move Paralyzed Limbs”

Central Minn. woman first patient in clinical trial to help people with spinal cord injuries

https://www.thedickinsonpress.com/lifestyle/health/4414786-central-minn-woman-first-patient-clinical-trial-help-people-spinal-cord CROSSLAKE, Minn.—Since a sleepwalking accident 11 years ago at her Crosslake home, Kathy Allen has lived life paralyzed from the waist down. But she never gave up hope that her condition would improve one day. After all those years, Allen recently shared groundbreaking results as the first patient in the E-STAND (Epidural Stimulation AfterContinue reading “Central Minn. woman first patient in clinical trial to help people with spinal cord injuries”

Star Trek is here: computers read our minds

http://www.playfuls.com/news_001247_Star_Trek_is_here_computers_read_our_minds.html <P>Science News, Dan Nicolae Alexa 6/12/2006</P> <P>First, there were robots who could immitate facial expressions, who could walk, run or dance and even play the trompet. Last week, we had a news about an invention of two Indian-born American scientists, who is said to be a huge forward step in creating "a sense ofContinue reading “Star Trek is here: computers read our minds”

Jane Street co-founder donates $1 million to cure paralysis

http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/business/16002332.htm <P>November 13. 2006 (centredaily.com)- Tim Reynolds, co-founder of a thriving Wall Street trading firm, has a personal interest in research to repair spinal cord damage. Six years ago, he was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident.</P> <P>While Reynolds has been able to continue working and enjoying his family, he said heContinue reading “Jane Street co-founder donates $1 million to cure paralysis”

Geron Anticipates Embryonic Stem Cell Trials in 2008

http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2007/05/geron_anticipat.html By Steven Edwards, May 11, 2007 (Wired Science)- Just in time for the Presidential election, Geron CEO Tom Okarma hopes to begin clinical trials for acute spinal cord injury in early 2008. If true, the timing couldn’t be worse for embryonic stem cell proponents.“The world’s spotlight will be on this trial,” Tom Okarma, Geron’sContinue reading “Geron Anticipates Embryonic Stem Cell Trials in 2008”

Breakthrough for spine injuries

http://news14.com/content/top_stories/587234/breakthrough-for-spine-injuries/Default.aspx <p>By Ivanhoe Newswire, Sept. 18, 2007 (news14.com)- Each year in the United States, about 11,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury. Recent research shows what happens in the first few days following an injury can have a big impact on how well patients recover. Now, there is a new drug that could facilitate aContinue reading “Breakthrough for spine injuries”

Spinal cord research moving forward in 2008: The Miami Project is awaiting approval on use of Schwann cells

http://media.www.thehurricaneonline.com/media/storage/paper479/news/2008/01/24/News/Spinal.Cord.Research.Moving.Forward.In.2008-3166606.shtml <p>By Ryan Watzel, Jan. 24, 2008 (The Miami Hurricane)- Since its co-founding in 1985 by Dr. Barth A. Green and three families affected by spinal-cord injuries, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the Miller School of Medicine has enjoyed a legacy of scientific and social developments.</p> <p>In 2004, the Miami Project published aContinue reading “Spinal cord research moving forward in 2008: The Miami Project is awaiting approval on use of Schwann cells”

Finding Clues For Nerve Cell Repair

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080603104407.htm <p>ScienceDaily (June 4, 2008) &mdash; A new study at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University identifies a key mechanism for the normal development of motor nerve cells (motor neurons) – cells that control muscles. This finding is crucial to understanding and treating a range of conditions involving nerve cell loss or damage, fromContinue reading “Finding Clues For Nerve Cell Repair”