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News and Announcements

“e-Dura” Spinal Cord Implant Cause for Hope

French researchers from EPFL have created an amazing product that could be the SCI cure the world has been waiting for – a prosthetic spinal cord to bridge the damaged area of a spinal cord. Called e-Dura and made of silicon and gold flecks to transmit signals, this implant has been proven to work in a control study of rats.

The rats who received the implant were able to feel/move below their levels of injury, and what’s even more exciting in regards to future human trials is that the implant didn’t damage the healthy part of the spinal cord either. Read more

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Trigger mechanism for recovery after spinal cord injury revealed

Doctors have think they’ve figured out why some incomplete injuries (those with spinal cords not completely severed) regain function, while others do not. Hopefully this can help researchers find enhanced treatments for spinal cord injuries! Read more

New Drug Creates Nerve Growth

A drug that could eventually help paralyzed people regain muscle movement – and possibly even walk again – has been discovered by scientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, in Cleveland, Ohio. 26 out of the 21 rats injected regained the ability to walk. Read more


SPINALpedia.com Mouth Artist Meets Pierce Brosnon

Mariam Paré, a C5 quadriplegic and accomplished mouth artist from Chicago, the artist who also created our awesome SPINALpedia.com cover photo for our Facebook page (look), had the exciting opportunity of meeting one of her favorite subjects last month, Mr. Remington Steele himself, Pierce Brosnan.

Pierce was alerted to a painting she made of him on social media and invited her to his home in Malibu so they could meet. Read more


SPINALpedia’s 2014 Halloween Wheelchair Costume contest

This year we debuted our 1st annual Halloween Wheelchair Costume contest, and it was a hit! We had hundreds of online votes and there were 3 lucky winners. Check them out below!


Spinal Cord Regenerated at UC – San Diego

Exciting news from the University of California at San Diego this past week – scientists were able to fully regenerate the damaged spinal cord of a rat. Unprecedented, scientists hope this could one day be applied to humans. Read more


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Do you find yourself on YouTube often? If so, stop by SPINALpedia’s YouTube channel! SPINALpedia.com is our user-submitted video archive of over 4,5000 paralysis-related videos, and our YouTube channel has our favorite videos divided among our 40+ SCI-inspired playlists.

There’s a lot there. It’s great viewing for all, from newbies to those who have been injured awhile and are just looking to learn a few new tricks. Informative media for all! Visit our channel

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