Coaxing Injured Nerves to Regrow

http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2008/1106/1 <p>The adult central nervous system has limited ability to repair itself. That’s why spinal cord injuries leave people permanently paralyzed. Now a study with mice finds that removing a particular signaling molecule in adult neurons restores their ability to regenerate damaged axons, the long extensions that convey signals from one neuron to another. TheContinue reading “Coaxing Injured Nerves to Regrow”

Salamanders, Regenerative Wonders, Heal Like Mammals, People

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090701131314.htm <p>ScienceDaily (July 2, 2009) &mdash; The salamander is a superhero of regeneration, able to replace lost limbs, damaged lungs, sliced spinal cord — even bits of lopped-off brain. But it turns out that remarkable ability isn’t so mysterious after all — suggesting that researchers could learn how to replicate it in people.</p> <p>Scientists hadContinue reading “Salamanders, Regenerative Wonders, Heal Like Mammals, People”

Appeals court lifts ban on federal embryonic stem cell research funding

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2011/04/29/cirm-embryonic-stem-cells-ruling.html <p>San Francisco Business Times – by Ron Leuty <br /> Date: Friday, April 29, 2011, 12:59pm PDT<br /> &nbsp;<br /> A federal funding ban on embryonic stem cell research was lifted by an appeals court Friday.</p> <p>A three-judge panel with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, in a 2-1 ruling,Continue reading “Appeals court lifts ban on federal embryonic stem cell research funding”

Swiss Scientists Rewire Injured Spinal Cords, Paralyzed Rats Walk Again

http://www.pcworld.com/article/256692/swiss_scientists_rewire_injured_spinal_cords_paralyzed_rats_walk_again.html Here at GeekTech, we’ve seen lots of contraptions to help the disabled regain some of their mobility. Now, a group of Swiss scientists from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have found a way to rewire the spinal cord of rats after a paralyzing injury…

AMES device helps the paralyzed regain movement

http://www.gizmag.com/ames-device-stroke-spinal-injury/27791/ By Ben Coxworth Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration granted clearance to a new device that could be of considerable aid to stroke victims or people with partial spinal cord injuries. Created by Dr. Paul Cordo of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in collaboration with OHSU spinoff company AMES, theContinue reading “AMES device helps the paralyzed regain movement”

Scientists Use Electrical Impulses to Help Paralyzed Rats Walk Again

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/09/30/new_research_cures_spinal_cord_injury_paralysis_in_rats_using_drugs_and.html Even after he lost the use of his limbs, Christopher Reeve believed in keeping fit. All the scientists working on cures to paralysis had warned him “it won’t do you any good if you don’t keep your body in shape,” he said. The millions who now suffer (about 1 in 50 Americans has someContinue reading “Scientists Use Electrical Impulses to Help Paralyzed Rats Walk Again”

Clinical trial offers hope to restore limb function in man with complete cervical spinal cord injury

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160914095610.htm Physicians at Rush University Medical Center became the first in Illinois to inject AST-OPC1 (oligodendrocyte progenitor cells), an experimental treatment, into the damaged cervical spine of a recently paralyzed man as part of a multicenter clinical trial. Dr. Richard G. Fessler, professor of neurological surgery at Rush University …

Asterias Announces Two Significant Developments for Spinal Cord Injury Program

https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/10/02/1138619/0/en/Asterias-Announces-Two-Significant-Developments-for-Spinal-Cord-Injury-Program.html FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE American:AST), a biotechnology company pioneering the field of regenerative medicine, today announced new 12-month data from the first efficacy cohort in the company’s ongoing Phase 1/2a SCiStar study designated to evaluate safety and efficacy of AST-OPC1…

For Mayo scientist, spinal-injury research is personal

http://www.startribune.com/for-mayo-scientist-spinal-injury-research-is-personal/501182611/ In September, Peter Grahn and his Mayo colleagues published a globally recognized breakthrough: using electrical stimulation and therapy exercises to help a paralyzed man walk the approximate length of a football field. Peter Grahn has faced the same question for a dozen years since he dived as a reckless teen into a southwest MinnesotaContinue reading “For Mayo scientist, spinal-injury research is personal”

Victhom Human Bionics announces the start of patient enrolment for its Neurostep(TM) clinical trial – Refocuses its R&D activities

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/January2007/16/c6014.html January 16, 2007 (CNW Group)- Victhom Human Bionics Inc. (TSX: VHB) announces today that it received approval from the Ethics Review Board of the rehabilitation center where its clinical trial on gait disorders will be held. The Company received its Investigational Testing Authorization in December 2006 from Health Canada. The Neurostep(TM) is designed toContinue reading “Victhom Human Bionics announces the start of patient enrolment for its Neurostep(TM) clinical trial – Refocuses its R&D activities”

Neurotechnology Industry Organization Unveils Top 10 Neuroscience Trends of 2007

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/news_press_release,214286.shtml <p>Nov. 2, 2007&nbsp;(PRNewswire)- The Neurotechnology Industry Organization (NIO) today announced the top ten emerging areas of neuroscience that will impact the future of treatments for brain and nervous system. According to NIO, the trade association that represents the 500 companies worldwide developing treatments for the brain and nervous system, the U.S. economic burden ofContinue reading “Neurotechnology Industry Organization Unveils Top 10 Neuroscience Trends of 2007”

Neuralstem Receives Final Notice of Allowance for New Stem Cell Immortalization Technology Patent

http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-26-2009/0004960076&EDATE= <p>ROCKVILLE, Md., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Neuralstem, Inc. (NYSE Alternext US: CUR) today announced that it has received Official Notice of Allowance for its patent application, number 10/047,352, for Stable Neural Stem Cell Lines from the US Patent and Trade Office (USPTO). This patent covers the technology to immortalize any human…</p>

Researchers develop new techniques to enhance spinal cord regeneration after injury

http://www.examiner.com/x-11432-Pittsburgh-Medical-Technology-Examiner~y2009m10d20-Researchers-develop-new-techniques-to-enhance-spinal-cord-regeneration-after-injury <p>October 20&nbsp;Pittsburgh Medical Technology ExaminerRuben Dagda</p> <p>New discoveries in spinal cord regeneration research were unveiled by a superb panel of well known spinal cord investigators during a press conference at the 40th Society for Neuroscience conference in Chicago, Il. During the last ten years, animal research has suggested new ways to speed the recoveryContinue reading “Researchers develop new techniques to enhance spinal cord regeneration after injury”