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Determined2Heal helps simplify the transition into life with paralysis. We provide information and advice for people with spinal cord injuries, their families and friends, as well as rehabilitative adventures. Get started in the Steps to Recovery Section.

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Top 10 Most Significant Advances in Spinal Injury Repair

In the last several years, there’s been several advances in the world of spinal cord injury repair. It truly is an exciting time to be alive! While full-on walking has yet to be restored, there are several directions that offer great hope. From the antibiotic Minocycline helping restore muscle control to thought control combined with spinal cord stimulation helping paraplegics stand again, the future for treatments to improve paralysis has never been better. Read the Top 10 Most Significant Advances in Spinal Injury Repair from the Brain And Spinal Injury Centre here

Determined2heal Wins $10k Christopher Reeve Quality of Life Grant

We’re excited to announce that Determined2heal was chosen by The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s Quality of Life program to win $10,000 this year! With this grant, our goal is to take more people on rehab adventures than ever before.  Read our official press release on winning the money here.

SCI Superstar: Sam Schmidt

View our latest SCI Superstar Sam Schmidt! After his injury while driving IndyCar in 2000, he started Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, as well as his nonprofit Conquer Paralysis Now, but he’s now back in the driver’s seat thanks to revolutionary adaptive driving equipment developed by Arrow Electronics. Sam even nabbed the first semi-autonomous driver’s license in the country. Read about this husband, father and forever racer

UCLA Professor Wins $500,000 to Develop Injection to Treat SCI

Stephanie Seidlits, an assistant bioengineering professor at UCLA, recently won $500,000 to engineer an injection that might one day help treat spinal cord injuries. The device will contains a biomaterial made out of hyaluronic acid, which are long chain of sugars in the body, that will help her create a treatment that can be injected directly into the spinal cord. This generous grant is from the National Science Foundation. Learn more

Where SCI Research Stands Right Now

We love this check-in on the current state of stem cell research from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. What’s working? What’s not? Read the latest on all fronts, from embryonic stem cells to bone marrow stem cells, written by longtime SCI writer and SCI research advocate Sam Maddox. Read it here

Brand-New Adaptive Chrysler Minivan and SCI Research Update

We hope your 2017 is off to a great start! We’re thrilled to be bringing our new Spinalpedia.com into the new year! Among our new features, you will find SCI Portals, Mentor/Mentees signups and private messaging system. You will also find our usual can’t-miss SCI videos and content. We recently uploaded a brand new video from the Chicago 2017 Auto Show last week of Chrysler debuting their brand-new adapted minivan Pacifica. Click here to see it in action. And if you want to know the latest in SCI research, Asteria Biotherapeutics is getting a lot of buzz about the progress they’ve reported in their embryonic stem cell research trials. Read what Forbes Magazine has to say on this research

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Determined2heal Founder Featured on CBS

On top of mentoring SCI families through SPINALpedia.com, we also organize and sponsor thrilling adventures that turn heads and change the way our participants face future obstacles. Watch our founder Josh Basile talk with former Hall of Fame Redskin Darrell Green on CBS Great Day Washington about our 2016 adventures and how we empowered 150 paralyzed participants and their family members. Here at SPINALpedia we believe that with the right approach and adventurous wheels most anything is still possible!

This coming year we plan to take SCI families adaptive sit-skiing, indoor skydiving, sailing, gliding, surfing, IndyCar racing, bowling, fishing and slingshot golfing. We are looking forward to our 2017 adventures here at SPINALpedia/Determined2heal! Watch here

Will You Marry Me? and Wheeling in Cuba

Watch this video to learn more about the importance of living life with adventurous wheels and how our founder Josh Basile, a C4-5 quadriplegic, proposed in Cuba to the love of his life! In May 216, Determined2Heal organized a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for three paralyzed men. The voyage started in Key West, Florida on a 68 foot Catamaran. They sailed on the wheelchair accessible Impossible Dream to Cuba, where they stayed with a Cuban paraplegic and explored the cobblestone streets of Havana.

New Surgery Reduces Neuropathic Pain

Dr. Scott Falci is changing lives. A lead surgeon at Craig Hospital, a SCI hospital and rehab facility in CO, he has pioneered a new surgery that can reduce neuropathic pain by killing “hot spots” in the spinal cord below the level of injury, which he’s discovered are the root cause of most neuropathic pain in many cases. Read more about this groundbreaking surgery

SCI Clinical Trials Update from the Reeve Foundation

An overview of the latest in SCI research-related clinical trials was just published by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Several updates on trials you’re likely following were given, including the latest on the vagus nerve stimulation to reduce autonomic dysreflexia, a study using the drug Riluzole (a neuroprotective drug) to limit the damage in the area of injury and using high doses of ibuprofen  in acute injuries to inhibit Rho, a key pathway for several molecules that limit nerve regeneration. Read more

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