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LED Implant May One Day “Turn Off” Chronic Pain

Do you have chronic pain? Many with spinal cord injuries suffer from chronic pain everyday. A new LED implant developed by Washington University in St. Louis has the potential to literally “turn off” pain signals. Read more

Four of Six Patients Show Improved Motor Skills with Human Neural Stem Cells

In a web conference this week, StemCells, Inc. presented their six-month interim results from its Phase 2 proof-of-concept Pathway Study evaluating its HuCNS-SC platform (purified human neural stem cells). They announced 4 out of 6 patents have shown an improvement in motor function. Excellent news! Read more

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Restores Upper-Body Mobility

Recent research has discovered that Vagus nerve stimulation combined with rehab can help restore 75% more upper-body mobility in those with cervical injuries. Awesome news coming from the Texas Biomedical Device Center at UT Dallas today. Read more

Study Reveals Disabled Job Candidates Face Discrimination

A first of it’s kind study (conducted by Rutgers and Syracuse University) has found that if a job candidate mentioned their disability in their cover letter, they had a 26% less chance of getting a response from possible employers. This is a reality that needs to change. Read more

3-D Cell Growth Opens New Pathway for Spinal Cord Repair

Researchers at Griffith University in Australia have opened a new way to repair damaged spinal cords. By using floating liquid marbles, (olafactory) cells can form natural structures as they would normally within the human body. “Allowing cells to grow in this 3D format dramatically increases their growth and function,” says research supervisor Dr James St John. Read more

Implantable Tech that Restores Movement in Paralyzed Patients Available in 2017

With $1.05 million in additional seed money just recently given from the Craig H. Neilson Foundation, FDA approval and 10 test subjects slated to test this technology (which, fully implantable, restores muscle function in paralyzed patients), 2017 is looking promising for people living with paralysis. All of this research is occurring at the esteemed Case Western Reserve University’s Institute for Functional Restoration (IFR) and Synapse Biomedical Inc. Read more

MMA Star Ronda Rousey Sends Heartfelt Video Message to Newly Injured Fighter

MMA star Ronda Rousey recently made a video giving a shout out to paralyzed amateur MMA fighter Steve Watts who was paralyzed from the neck down in a fight April 2014. She tells him to stay strong, and Steve sends her a thank you message back! What a great way to get more attention to SCI research, and thank you Ronda for being so kind! Watch the video

Meet David Holmes – Harry Potter’s Stunt Double, Paralyzed While Filming

Did you know Harry Potter’s stunt double David Holmes became a quadriplegic while practicing a flying scene for the final movie in the series – The Deathly Hallows? Now 30, he’s started his own production company with two other quads called Ripple Productions. Read more ‪#‎SCItrivia‬ ‪#‎LifeAfterSCI‬

W2W 2015: We Came, We Saw, We Left with Hope

Founder of Determined2heal Josh Basile giving the keynote speech at W2W 2015. Photo courtesy of U2FP.org

For the last 10 years, one amazing event has been happening on a yearly basis: The Working 2 Walk (W2W) Symposium – a 2-day event sponsored by the United2Fight Paralysis Association. And Spinalpedia was there. We met so many people with paralysis and researchers. Read our official blog post on W2W 2015 here


W2W brings together some of the most passionate SCI research advocates and researchers under one roof and this year it occurred at the North Marriott Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland. presented. And this year was it’s 10th anniversary. Ten years ago the very first W2W Rally was attended by the late Dana Reeve and then Sen. Hillary Clinton. Watch a video commemorating the event through the years


And this year SPINALpedia was one of the sponsors of W2W. Our founder Josh Basile, a quadriplegic and spinal cord injury research advocate, was the keynote speaker on Sunday. His speech “Advocating with Your Body and Mind” was on the importance of keeping our bodies healthy so they’re ready for possible therapies. Watch his speech


Today more than ever before there’s reason than to believe treatments that will one day help improve chronic spinal cord injuries will happen in our lifetimes. This year several doctors and researchers gave presentations on their studies and on-going trials. You can read the official W2W blog with in-depth explanations of each presentation given here.


Paraplegic with Complete Injury Walks Using Brain Electrodes

Exciting research news from the University of California, Irvine. For the very first time, researchers have been able to get a man with a complete injury (paraplegic) to walk again using electrodes reading his brain signals. An amazing breakthrough to be sure, and we here at Determined2Heal are very excited at the future of this technology. Read more

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