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Scientists Connect Neurons in the Lab for the First Time

Spinal cord injury has taken another exciting turn – researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada have been able to connect neurons for the first time in history, and they are not using stem cells. Using an atomic force microscope and tiny, polystyrene spheres instead is how they were able to achieve this feat. Read more

Jennifer French: One of the First Bionic Women

Now this is an exciting story! Jennifer French is a trailblazer in the realm of incomplete spinal cord injury research. An incomplete quad, she can stand using a walker and move her hands partially thanks to a new type of FES at-home setup. Read more

Method to Repair Nerve Damage Discovered

Dartmouth researchers have recently made progress in nerve regeneration research. Read more

Update on Historical Stem Cell Transplantee in Poland

Remember Darek Fidyka’s historical olfactory stem cell transplant that produced supposed real results, helping this man 4 years post-injury walk again? The New Yorker speaks with Darek and his doctor in this beautifully written piece covering every detail of the procedure, his life prior and what his progress has been like since last year. Read more

New Pill for Chronic Paralysis Tested by US Defense

The first clinical trials of SpinalonTM, a pill to treat chronic SCI, have been completed in Quebec. This is an oral pill composed of three active molecular entities “capable of triggering within minutes short bouts of locomotor-like activity in the legs of spinal cord injured patients who had been chronically paralyzed for years.” (via Nordic Life Science Pipeline). Read more

Paraplegic Walks Again 10-Years Post Using Exoskeleton

We’re so happy for Adam Gorlitzky! He was injured 10 years ago, and recently he was able to try one of Ekso Bionics exoskeletons. Now if only the entire paralyzed population could get one of these babies. Read more

The Year in Review: SCI Research Breakthroughs in 2015

Want to see the specific advancements made in spinal cord injury research in 2015? Check out this excellent month-by-month breakdown from Conquer Paralysis Now (a Global Project of the Sam Schmidt Foundation). Read more

VA Approves Exoskeletons for Vets; Shares Double

Awesome news for those dreaming of getting a REX exoskeleton one day. The VA has officially approved exoskeletons for those vets who meet the size and height requirements. This may bode well for the general population one day. Read more

Latest Miami Project Study Shows 1-2 Level Return

Exciting news from the The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis & The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis – 4 out of 6 patients in their their chronic cervical injury stem cell study have received 1 to 2 spinal cord levels of motor improvement back within 6 months. What this would mean for so many! Read more

Brothers Paralyzed in Separate Accidents

Remember the Chafee brothers, one a paraplegic, the other a quadriplegic, who were injured in separate accidents? Adam was just released from Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and now the two are moving in together. Here’s an update on their story from MLive.com. Read more

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