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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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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

Happy 2017! Watch Will Reeve Share SCI Research News

Will Reeve addressed a packed room during a presentation at the SALT conference in which he highlighted the unprecedented momentum occurring in spinal cord research and how we are moving closer to his dad’s dream, a world of empty wheelchairs. Take a look at this exclusive video here

We Will Be at the Abilities Expo Dec. 2-4 in DC!

Are you a fan of the Abilities Expo? If so and you’re planning on going to it’s Washington D.C. stop December 2-4th, please stop by and see us! Determined2heal/SPINALpedia will have a booth at the event and are looking forward to sharing what we do with all of you! Register for free to attend the Abilities Expo in the DC Metro here

Paralyzed Monkeys Walk Again Using Brain Chips, Wi-Fi

BREAKING NEWS — For the first time researchers have successfully used a WIRELESS brain-controlled spinal stimulation system to restore leg movement in two paralyzed primates (Macaques monkeys). 

THIS IS HOW IT WORKS — a wireless neurosensor sends signals gathered by a pill size implanted brain chip to a computer that decodes them and sends the signals wirelessly back to an electrical spinal stimulator implanted in the lumbar spine to communicate with spinal nerves controlling locomotion. Read more

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