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A spinal cord injury usually begins with a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. The damage begins at the moment of injury when displaced bone fragments, disc material, or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue. Most injuries to the spinal cord don't completely sever it. Instead, an injury is more likely to cause fractures and compression of the vertebrae, which then crush and destroy the axons, extensions of nerve cells that carry signals up and down the spinal cord between the brain and the rest of the body. An injury to the spinal cord can damage a few, many, or almost all of these axons. Some injuries will allow almost complete recovery. Others will result in complete paralysis.
New book brings awareness to debate surrounding stem cell research

New book brings awareness to debate surrounding stem cell research

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., leading publisher of over 80 science, technology, and medical publications, announced today the launch of first time hard cover title Inevitable Collision: The Inspiring Story that Brought Stem Cell Research to Conservative America, in an effort to bring awareness to the growing conversation and debate surrounding stem cell research and regenerative medicine. [More]
Transplantation of B10 cells helps inhibit development of bladder fibrosis post SCI

Transplantation of B10 cells helps inhibit development of bladder fibrosis post SCI

A team of researchers from Korea and Canada have found that transplantation of B10 cells (a stable immortalized human bone marrow derived -mesenchymal stem cell line; B10 hMSC) directly into the bladder wall of mice modeled with spinal cord injury (SCI) helped inhibit the development of bladder fibrosis and improved bladder function by promoting the growth of smooth muscle cells in the bladder. [More]
Asterias receives clearance from FDA to initiate Phase 1/2a clinical trial of AST-OPC1

Asterias receives clearance from FDA to initiate Phase 1/2a clinical trial of AST-OPC1

Asterias Biotherapeutics Inc. has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to initiate a Phase 1/2a clinical trial of its product, AST-OPC1, in patients with complete cervical spinal cord injury. [More]
Race and ethnicity influence outcomes of patients with motor complete SCI

Race and ethnicity influence outcomes of patients with motor complete SCI

Researchers have published a study examining racial and ethnic influences in the outcomes of patients with motor complete spinal cord injury (SCI). The article, "Racial and ethnic disparities in functioning at discharge and follow-up among patients with motor complete SCI," was published online ahead of print on August 2 by the Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. [More]
Researchers develop artificial connection from brain to legs by bypassing with computer interface

Researchers develop artificial connection from brain to legs by bypassing with computer interface

Gait disturbance in individuals with spinal cord injury is attributed to the interruption of neural pathways from brain to the spinal locomotor center, whereas neural circuits locate below and above the lesion maintain most of their functions. [More]
Clinical trial to investigate safety of neural stem cell transplantation in patients with spinal cord injuries

Clinical trial to investigate safety of neural stem cell transplantation in patients with spinal cord injuries

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have launched a clinical trial to investigate the safety of neural stem cell transplantation in patients with chronic spinal cord injuries. [More]
New market research report provides data on Spinal Cord Injury clinical trial scenario

New market research report provides data on Spinal Cord Injury clinical trial scenario

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Spinal Cord Injury Global Clinical Trials Review, H2, 2014. [More]

Researchers identify link between built environment and disability-related outcomes

Kessler Foundation researchers have identified an association between the built environment and disability-related outcomes for adults with physical impairments. [More]
BCC Research report provides detailed analyses of global stem cell market

BCC Research report provides detailed analyses of global stem cell market

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: The Global Market for Stem Cells. [More]
Global therapeutic market for BBB technologies expected to grow at 64.9% CAGR over 2014-2019

Global therapeutic market for BBB technologies expected to grow at 64.9% CAGR over 2014-2019

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Blood-Brain Barrier Technologies and Global Markets. [More]
Neurons derived from human iPSC and grafted into rats after spinal cord injury produce cells

Neurons derived from human iPSC and grafted into rats after spinal cord injury produce cells

Building upon previous research, scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Veteran's Affairs San Diego Healthcare System report that neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) and grafted into rats after a spinal cord injury produced cells with tens of thousands of axons extending virtually the entire length of the animals' central nervous system. [More]
New reporting standards proposed for spinal cord injury experiments

New reporting standards proposed for spinal cord injury experiments

The difficulty in replicating and directly comparing and confirming the scientific results reported by researchers worldwide who are studying new approaches to treating spinal cord injuries is slowing the translation of important new findings to patient care. [More]
Induced immunorejection may eliminate tumors post-cell transplantation

Induced immunorejection may eliminate tumors post-cell transplantation

Recent studies have shown that transplanting induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural stem cells (iPS-NSCs) can promote functional recovery after spinal cord injury in rodents and non-human primates. However, a serious drawback to the transplantation of iPS-NSCs is the potential for tumor growth, or tumorogenesis, post-transplantation. [More]
Research may aid efforts to help patients recover from spinal cord injuries

Research may aid efforts to help patients recover from spinal cord injuries

Researchers in the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) have achieved the first conclusive non-invasive measurement of neural signaling in the spinal cords of healthy human volunteers. [More]
Neuralstem doses final patient with NSI-566 stem cells in Phase II trial

Neuralstem doses final patient with NSI-566 stem cells in Phase II trial

Neuralstem, Inc. announced that the final patient was treated in its Phase II trial using NSI-566 spinal cord-derived neural stem cells in the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease). [More]
Lack of reporting standards delays progress in developing robust therapies for SCI, TBI

Lack of reporting standards delays progress in developing robust therapies for SCI, TBI

Progress in developing robust therapies for spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and peripheral nerve injury has been slow. [More]
Kessler Foundation, Kessler Institute participate in NIH StrokeNet via Columbia University

Kessler Foundation, Kessler Institute participate in NIH StrokeNet via Columbia University

A new network of 25 regional stroke centers and satellite facilities - the NIH Stroke Trials Network - is working to change the way stroke research is conducted in the U.S. Despite advances of the last two decades, stroke remains a major public health problem. [More]

Study provides evidence for intranasal nerve growth factor for repair of spinal cord injury

Nerve growth factor can be delivered to the brain by intranasal administration without risk for treatment of brain diseases. [More]
Psychology residency training program receives federal funding for 5th consecutive grant cycle

Psychology residency training program receives federal funding for 5th consecutive grant cycle

A psychology residency training program that's a joint effort of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University and the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center has received federal funding for the fifth consecutive grant cycle. [More]
First report of spinal cord mass arising from spinal cord cell transplantation

First report of spinal cord mass arising from spinal cord cell transplantation

A spinal mass was identified in a young woman with complete spinal cord injury 8 years after she had undergone implantation of olfactory mucosal cells in the hopes of regaining sensory and motor function. [More]