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  • I'm wishing him the best recovery.

    Paralyzed student stays hopeful during recovery
    Person of the week
    By Morgan Murrell

    Staff Writer

    Published: Monday, September 5, 2011

    Updated: Monday, September 5, 2011 23:09

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    "I've been doing a lot of research on my own. I've also been following the work of Wise Young, a [biology] professor at Rutgers, and all the work he's been doing with stem-cell research," he said. "I don't have too much to lose from it. It would definitely be a good thing to try."

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    http://www.dailytargum.com/news/para...very-1.2620265

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    • Local spinal cord center takes a team approach

      Facility, first of its kind in S.C., a joint effort to offer variety of services to patients in single visit
      By David Quick
      Tuesday, September 6, 2011



      Life after paralysis is complicated, but a collaborative effort by two competing health institutions in Charleston is hoping to make it simpler for those with spinal cord injuries, their caretakers, loved ones and physicians.

      Earlier this summer, Roper Rehabilitation Hospital, MUSC Health, Carolinas Rehabilitation and the Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund opened the Center for Spinal Cord Injury in the rehabilitation gym on the sixth floor of Roper on Calhoun Street.

      The center, the first of its kind in South Carolina, offers specialized services unique to spinal cord injury patients in one location and during a single appointment. In a nutshell, Roper will provide the clinical care while the Medical University of South Carolina will tap into opportunities for research, funded by the research fund. Carolinas Rehabilitation will provide an expert to run the center, which initially will see patients once a month.

      The Charleston area averages 43 new cases per year, with about 1,000 people in the area living with spinal cord injury, according to Dr. Nancey Tsai, a board-certified physiatrist and medical director for the Roper center.

      Already at work

      Bobby Harrell was among the first patients to book an appointment at the center.

      Harrell, who is no relation to the speaker of the S.C. House, has been paralyzed since 1993, when at 42 he broke his neck after swinging from a rope into a pond. At the time, he had two children, ages 9 and 5.

      Like many who suffer spinal cord injuries in the Southeast, Harrell went to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta for four months following surgeries for rehabilitation. While the local spinal cord center will not rival Shepherd, it will give people living in the Lowcountry and other parts of South Carolina more convenience, particularly by lining up specialists with extra expertise in spinal cord issues.

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      http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2...team-approach/

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      • Nanotechnoglogy world: Nanomedicine offers new cures

        Cutting-edge developments in nanotechnology offer new ways of preventing and treating diseases, including cancer


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        "There is no magic bullet or one single thing that solves the spinal cord injury, but this gives us a brand new technology to be able to think about treating this disorder," says Kessler. "It could be used in combination with other technologies, including stem cells, drugs or other kinds of interventions."

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        http://www.guardian.co.uk/nanotechno...sease-medicine

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        • Body Composition Assessment in Spinal Cord Injury


          http://wearevirginiaveterans.org/New...RD-INJURY.aspx

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          • Department of Defense will fund spinal cord injury research at TAMU
            Sep 1, 2011
            By: Rachael Whitcomb
            DVM NEWSMAGAZINE



            COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — The Department of Defense shelled out a $900,000 grant so Texas A&M's veterinary college can study non-invasive treatments and therapies for spinal cord injuries in dogs.

            Dr. Jonathan Levine, assistant professor in the neurology department at the Texas A&M's (TAMU) veterinary college, along with his team, was awarded the four-year grant to study dogs with naturally occurring spinal cord injuries.

            The study is expected to start in October and run through 2014. Clinical trials will be performed on young to middle-aged canines with canine thoracolumbar intervertebral disk herniation (IVDH).



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            http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/dvm...tegoryId=40534

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            • Scientists Overcome Major Obstacle for Stem Cell Therapies and Research


              ScienceDaily (Sep. 8, 2011) — Stem cells show great potential to enable treatments for conditions such as spinal injuries or Lou Gehrig's disease, and also as research tools. One of the greatest problems slowing such work is that researchers have found major complications in purifying cell mixtures, for instance to remove stem cells that can cause tumors from cells developed for use in medical treatments. But a group of Scripps Research scientists, working with colleagues in Japan, have developed a clever solution to this purification problem that should prove more reliable than other methods, safer, and perhaps 100 times cheaper.

              The work appears in the current edition of the journal Cell Research.

              Effective tricks for separating stem cells from other types are essential for many emerging medical treatments. These techniques begin with researchers inducing stem cells to take specific forms, or differentiate, for instance into nerve cells. These differentiated cells might then be used to repair a spinal cord injury. Other cells might enable a diabetic's body to produce adequate insulin.

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              http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0908145333.htm

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              • The Reeve Foundation and Clark’s Botanicals Host ‘Night for a Cure’ at the Mondrian Soho

                Everyone knows that September means fashion week, but few know that it is also spinal cord awareness month? Last night a group of glamorous guests gathered at the Mondrian Soho where the Reeve Foundation and Clark’s Botanicals hosted “Night for a Cure.” Jam-packed into one of the hotel’s penthouse suites, Kara DioGuardi, Julianne Moore, Nate Berkus and Ari Gaynor mingled with guests, sipping champagne and summer cocktails.

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                http://www.observer.com/2011/09/the-...mondrian-soho/

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                • Department of Defense will fund spinal cord injury research at TAMU
                  Sep 1, 2011
                  By: Rachael Whitcomb
                  DVM NEWSMAGAZINE



                  COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — The Department of Defense shelled out a $900,000 grant so Texas A&M's veterinary college can study non-invasive treatments and therapies for spinal cord injuries in dogs.

                  Dr. Jonathan Levine, assistant professor in the neurology department at the Texas A&M's (TAMU) veterinary college, along with his team, was awarded the four-year grant to study dogs with naturally occurring spinal cord injuries.

                  The study is expected to start in October and run through 2014. Clinical trials will be performed on young to middle-aged canines with canine thoracolumbar intervertebral disk herniation (IVDH).



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                  http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/dvm...tegoryId=40534

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                  • Grants to help spinal-cord sufferers
                    Grants worth $1.2 million will help NSW researchers learn more about spinal cord injury, state Health Minister Jillian Skinner says.



                    "The work that goes on every day in our laboratories brings us life-saving treatments and medicines, helping ensure that NSW is viewed as a world-class location for science and medical research," Ms Skinner said in a statement.

                    "These fellowships will further attract the best and brightest to our universities and research institutions."

                    The grants were established in 2003 following a visit to Sydney by the late actor Christopher Reeve, and five fellowships will be given out next year.



                    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/health/82...cord-sufferers

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                    • Hmm, I wonder what they will say.

                      Dr. Young, are you going to be there?


                      Spinal Cord Injury: Part 1: A Molecular Analysis and Implication for Stem Cell Treatment


                      http://www.ini.org/calendar/event/130/

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                      • Cords and harmony: UCD prof eyes new way to treat spinal cord injuries

                        Cords and harmony: UCD prof eyes new way to treat spinal cord injuries


                        Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 12:53 pm | Updated: 8:33 am, Thu Sep 8, 2011.
                        Cords and harmony: UCD prof eyes new way to treat spinal cord injuries SARA CASTELLANOS Staff Writer Aurora Sentinel | 0 comments

                        Stephen Davies was lying on a paradisal beach in southern Thailand at 23 when all of a sudden, an overwhelming sense of work ethic washed over him.

                        For 10 months, Scottish-born Davies had been gallivanting around the globe, visiting cities in the United States, New Zealand, Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia. He had just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Sussex University in England and was about to embark on yet another trip when the trajectory of his life changed course.

                        “I thought, you know what, it’s time to go back and start doing something a little more intellectual and challenging,” he said.

                        Anyone with a spinal cord injury or a disease that affects the central nervous system like Alzheimer’s or multiple sclerosis should be grateful for Davies’ coastal epiphany.

                        Now, at 46, Davies is an associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and he’s making breakthroughs in science to promote functional recovery in patients with spinal cord injuries.

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                        http://www.aurorasentinel.com/hp_liv...cc4c03286.html

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                        • Vice President, Operations as InVivo Prepares for Human Studies
                          * Reuters is not responsible for the content in this press release.
                          Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:30am EDT


                          InVivo Therapeutics Promotes Lauren Mitarotondo to Vice President, Operations as InVivo Prepares for Human Studies

                          InVivo Therapeutics Holdings Corp. (OTCBB: NVIV), a company focused on the development of groundbreaking technologies for the treatment of spinal cord injuries (SCI), today announced that Lauren Mitarotondo has been promoted to the newly-created position of Vice President, Operations. Reporting to Frank Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Mitarotondo will be responsible for daily operations including regulatory affairs, facilities, human resources, and strategic partnerships

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                          http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...011+BW20110912
                          Last edited by manouli; 09-12-2011, 11:22 AM.

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                          • Bioness to showcase Mobility Products at Paralyzed Veterans Summit
                            NESS L300® Foot Drop System and NESS L300® Plus System Help Patients with Central Nervous System Disorders Improve Mobility and Physical Independence

                            Valencia, CA (PRWEB) September 12, 2011

                            Bioness Inc. today announced the company’s participation in the Paralyzed Veterans of America Summit 2011 and Expo, September 16 - 18, in Orlando, Florida. Paralyzed Veterans of America is a non-profit organization that serves US veterans with disabilities and their families.

                            Bioness will be showcasing its breakthrough NESS L300® Foot Drop System and the new NESS L300® Plus System, which was recently cleared for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Both advanced rehabilitation systems use mild functional electrical stimulation, or FES, for the treatment of foot drop. Foot Drop, the difficulty or inability to raise the front part of the foot, causes difficulty walking and instability for people who are in recovery from a stroke, or who are suffering from other central nervous conditions such as a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or multiple sclerosis.

                            Both systems can be used in inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation settings as well as with a prescription in the home to help potentially realize a variety of clinical benefits, including improving mobility, maintaining or increasing range of motion, re-educating muscles and preventing or slowing muscle loss.

                            Worn on the leg, the NESS L300 has three main parts: a comfortable, lightweight functional stimulation cuff which fits just below the knee and contains electrodes to provide stimulation to underactive muscles; an innovative Intelli Sense Gait Sensor™, which attaches to the shoe and senses foot position, changing terrain and walking speed; and a wireless, portable control unit, which adjusts the level of stimulation and turns the unit on and off remotely. The three components use wireless communication to "talk" to each other. When a patient tries to walk, the NESS L300 uses low-level electrical stimulation to activate the nerves which control the muscles to lift the foot, helping individuals to walk again and lessen the restrictions experienced with foot drop.

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                            http://www.prweb.com/releases/stroke...web8617985.htm

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                            • Paralysed rugby star urges medics to seize on stem cell progres.


                              13 September 2011
                              By GINA DAVIDSON


                              A FORMER rugby player whose spine was snapped during a match is hoping that a US scientist at the forefront of stem cell research will convince Edinburgh medics to begin similar work which could one day enable him to walk again.

                              David Millar, who lost the use of his legs after his accident 21 years ago, has raised thousands of pounds for the work of California-based Dr Hans Keirstead.

                              Now the 44-year-old has brought Dr Keirstead to the Capital and tomorrow he will lecture

                              doctors and scientists on the "holy grail" of medical advances.

                              Mr Millar said: "There is a lot of research being done in Edinburgh into stem cells with regards to motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis, and there is interest in dovetailing this with research into spinal cord injuries. Dr Keirstead is one of the leading experts in spinal repair, and he will tell us about the latest stage of his trials. He's now treating people with stem cells.

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                              http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/to...ics.6835513.jp

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                              • California Stem Cell Leaders Keirstead and Airriess Scheduled to Speak at Leading Stem Cell Conferences


                                IRVINE, Calif. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - California Stem Cell, Inc. (CSC)'s Hans S. Keirstead, Ph.D. and Chris Airriess, Ph.D. are scheduled to speak at four upcoming stem cell conferences focused on bringing together the top technology drivers in this field. The conferences, taking place through September and early October, will provide platforms for stem cell experts to discuss recent industry developments.

                                Stem Cells USA & Regenerative Medicine 2011, September 12-15 in Boston, will focus on commercial development and investment opportunities for pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Dr. Airriess, who has spoken at this highly respected conference in previous years, will present on patient-focused approaches to successful commercialization of regenerative medicine for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. He is also scheduled to participate in a panel discussion on which pluripotent cell types work best in an industrial paradigm.

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                                http://newsblaze.com/story/201109130.../topstory.html

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