Spinal cord injury (SCI) research has made extensive strides over the past two decades. Around the world, new research studies are taking place and new technologies are being developed and new medical treatments are being explored. Some of this research includes the use of cord blood stem cells to help those with spinal cord injuries.
The Preclinical Spinal Cord Injury Knowledge-Base (PSINK) consortium is creating an extensive database with published information about spinal cord injury (SCI) research.
The PSINK patient questionnaire aims to collect the opinions of patients and their relatives to aid in the design of this knowledge base because patients and their relatives will be among the future users of this SCI research.
I believe there is an inherent bias against spinal cord injury research. It seems like most of the general public (and some scientists), in their heart of hearts, don’t think it’s possible. Or, they love the idea of it, but deep down they don’t think a cure will happen. Paralysis is permanent, don’t ya know? They’d love to see a cure/treatment come to pass, but they just think it’s out of the running.
We are a consortium of neuroscientists and information technology experts exploring new routes of enhancing clinical translation of spinal cord injury (SCI) therapies. We would like to draw your attention to our project “PSINK” and ask for your kind help by providing us with your opinion in a short questionnaire.
Published in a recent issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mayo Clinic, in collaboration with researchers from UCLA, conducted a study with a patient that enabled the voluntary movement in his legs for the first time in years.
There are quite a few different possibilities when it comes to determining the cause for a case of paralysis. Some cases are easier to determine than others, but it most often has something to do with damage that has been done to the nervous system or brain. When it comes to temporary paralysis, one might think of the temporary state that a limb experiences when blood flow has been restricted and the individual is unable to use it.
A chip implanted into the brain of a spinal cord injury survivor now enables him to play Guitar Hero. The future is now when it comes to spinal cord injury research. With new breakthroughs every year, it’s possible we may see a cure for spinal cord injuries in the next few decades.
For Ian Burkhart, an implanted chip has proven life-changing. The same might one day be the case for many more SCI survivors.
Hyundai is known for their dependable construction of vehicles for traveling on the road, but they are now getting special attention for the technology they are developing for paraplegics. Scientists have been working hard for centuries to come up with a cure for paralysis, and there have been somewhat promising developments in recent years.
Scientists have begun using stem cell injections to treat those who have been paralyzed in accidents resulting in a spinal cord injury. In March 2016, Kristopher Boesen (Kris) was in a car accident that paralyzed him from the neck down. After the accident, Kris had difficulty breathing on his own due to his injuries and was told he may never be able to regain control of his limbs again.
Spinal cord injuries are incredibly difficult for the nervous system to recover from. There are a large number of people that are in recovery and hoping for a cure for this condition. Every year 11,000 new cases occur in the United States alone. As this number rapidly continues to multiply, scientists are diligently working to identify the next breakthrough in technology that will provide a cure for paralysis.
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