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    Skydiving Quadriplegic's Death Raises Questions of Safety for Disabled Thrill Seekers

    Aug. 3, 2011

    The death of 27-year-old Zack Fogle, a quadriplegic with a passion for skydiving, has sparked a debate over safety standards for disabled thrill seekers.

    Fogle, who was partially paralyzed from the neck down, died skydiving at the 44th annual Lost Prairie Boogie in northwest Montana on Saturday after his custom-built parachute failed to open. According to video footage and statements from other skydivers, Fogle was on his back for much of the 1,200-foot free fall, leading investigators to conclude that his disability prevented him from righting his position and manually deploying his chute.

    "It's a difficult maneuver for anyone to get rolled over," said Flathead County Undersheriff Jordan White. "Your arms and legs act like wind vanes that keep you in the position you're in."



      26th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to Honor Philanthropic Heroes Don Shula and Jerry Rice and the 2011 Sports Legends Ernie Els, Chris Mullin, Andre Dawson, Harry Carson, Clark Gillies, John Force and Nancy Kerrigan
      Released: 8/3/2011 11:00 AM EDT
      Source: The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and The Buoniconti Fund

      Newswise — The 26th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner will be held at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Monday, September 26. The event will honor philanthropic heroes and sports legends while bringing together celebrities and corporate leaders to support the fundraising efforts of Nick and Mark Buoniconti and numerous longtime Buoniconti Fund supporters who continue to stand up for those who can't.

      The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis is a nonprofit, which serves as the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine founded by Dr. Barth Green whose mission is to help millions worldwide walk again.

      Last year, the Great Sports Legends Dinner drew a crowd of 1,400 raising an unprecedented $17 million during the evening. Since it was created in 1985, the event has honored more than 275 sports legends and honorees and raised more than $65 million for The Miami Project's spinal cord injury research programs.



        The Miami Project believes it's on the cusp of a cure, so that's good news.


          Originally posted by Christopher Paddon View Post
          The Miami Project believes it's on the cusp of a cure, so that's good news.
          They've been thinking that for decades now. Same ol song and dance right before there big pretty, shiny celeb filled fund raisers. Wonder how much it costs to throw one of those parties, from invitations to making sure the celebs feel very very comfy. They bring Mark Buoniconti out of the closet, dust of the dust, remove the moth balls, he tells us how close we are and then when its all said and done Mark Buoniconti goes back into the closet, Miami proj gets millions more which seems to = job security, endless research and no trials.

          they raised 17 million in one evening last yr. imagine what dr young or even dr davies could do with the type of money these guys raise. 17 million and i'm stressing about where i'm going to get the money to buy new wheels for my wc, you think rick hansen or Mark Buoniconti worry about a wc repairs or buying a new one.

          if i may barrow a line from the wu tang clan:

          M -me

          get tha money, dolla dolla bills ya............
          "I'm manic as hell-
          But I'm goin' strong-
          Left my meds on the sink again-
          My head will be racing by lunchtime"

          <----Scott Weiland---->


            This is sounds good.

            Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is to support research projects directed towards a treatment and cure for spinal cord injury (SCI).

            Click here:


              Pacemakers for the Nervous System
              ENG alum’s device restores function in neurologically impaired
              By Mark Dwortzan

              Warren Grill was given a challenge in 2002. His soon-to-be business partner, Geoff Thrope, asked the Duke University Addy Professor of Biomedical Engineering: “You know, Warren, you’re doing a great job of being an academic biomedical engineer and publishing papers that end up in journals on a shelf. But is that sufficient?”

              Since then, Grill (ENG’89) has risen to the challenge, translating fundamental research to several technologies with significant clinical impact. He and Thrope cofounded medical device start-up NDI Medical, LLC, a technology incubator that partners with academic researchers and supports in-house scientists and engineers in developing high-growth companies focused on innovative neurostimulation technologies. In recognition of his many innovations, Grill was named Neurotech Business Report Neurotechnology Researcher of the Year in 2003, and in 2007 received the College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award for Service to the Profession.

              Upgrading the nervous system

              Grill specializes in what he calls “pacemakers for the nervous system,” electronic neural prostheses that stimulate the neurological system—as a cardiac pacemaker stimulates the heart—to restore function in individuals with disease or injury. His research is distinguished by a strong emphasis on translation from computer models and preclinical studies to clinical feasibility studies with human subjects, and in some cases, commercial products.

              One of Grill’s trailblazing technologies is an implantable device that uses electrical stimulation to control bladder function, both continence and emptying.

              “Our research focus is on the restoration of bladder function in persons with spinal cord injuries,” he says, “but we determined that we could also use our approach to continence control to treat persons with overactive bladders.” He and Thrope initially formed NDI Medical with that in mind and developed a device to treat the condition. In 2008, they sold it to the health care giant Medtronic.




                Surgeon's passion for life recalled
                Fellows was hurt in a 2005 accident

                9:46 PM, Aug. 3, 2011 |
                Dr. Bruce A. Fellows was determined not to let a tragic accident six years ago change his zest for life.

                The gifted vascular surgeon whom patients credited with saving their limbs and their lives was paralyzed from the neck down after a May 2005 cycling accident near his former Sussex County beach house. His traumatic spinal-cord injury was similar to that of the late actor Christopher Reeve.

                Fellows told The News Journal in October 2006 that he had his daily frustrations adapting to life as a quadriplegic permanently dependent on a ventilator that helped him breathe, but there was no wallowing in sorrow.

                "I haven't curled up in a ball. It's my nature to accept what is there and make the best of it," said Fellows, crediting his upbringing as the son of missionaries as well as a 27-year career as a surgeon with fostering his acceptance and resolve. "I approach life in a practical way. You can go on and have a determined attitude."




                  Former Lion Mike Utley still upbeat, 20 years after injury
                  He celebrates modest victories

                  Aug 4, 2011 |
                  He tries to make it back to Michigan a few times each year, with each visit as purposeful as the last.

                  On Friday, former Lions offensive lineman Mike Utley plans to swing by training camp in Allen Park. That visit, though, will follow today's scheduled stop in Kalamazoo, where he'll give the keynote speech at a breakfast before the U.S. Tennis Association Boys' 18 and 16 National Championships.

                  On Wednesday, Utley and his wife, Dani, were at Pine Lake Country Club in West Bloomfield, where he was finalizing plans for his golf outing next month to benefit those affected by spinal-cord injuries.

                  "Got to get the buzz going again," he said.

                  On Nov. 17, 1991, Utley was in his third season as a 6-foot-6, 315-pound guard with the Lions when he fractured his sixth and seventh cervical vertebrae on a pass-blocking play in a game against the Rams. He was paralyzed from the chest down.

                  As he was carried off the field in a stretcher, Utley flashed a thumbs-up sign to the Silverdome crowd.

                  Now 45, Utley, who uses a wheelchair, continues to make progress in his rehabilitation. He holds steadfast to his goal of someday walking again.




                    check this out.

                    Texas governor's surgery included adult stem cells

                    AUSTIN, Texas — Doctors used adult stem cells to help Texas Gov. Rick Perry with his back surgery last month.

                    A spokesman said the stem cells were used in an "innovative way." The cells were taken from Perry's body and applied to the area where doctors decompressed a nerve and fused part of his spine. Adult stem cell therapy is different from using embryonic cells, which Perry opposes.




                      Wayne State University researcher receives National Science Foundation award to develop neural implants
                      August 3, 2011
                      Devices will help treat Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and more

                      DETROIT - Neural implants have the potential to treat disorders and diseases that typically require long-term treatment, such as blindness, deafness, epilepsy, spinal cord injury, and Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. However, implantable devices have been problematic in clinical applications because of bodily reactions that limit device functioning time.

                      Mark Ming-Cheng Cheng

                      Mark Ming-Cheng Cheng, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Wayne State University, is out to change that. He recently received a five-year, $475,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation to study the potential of graphene, a novel carbon material, in the development of a reliable, high-performance, long-term implantable electrode system to improve quality of life using nanotechnology. Cheng is collaborating with colleagues in the School of Medicine, in biomedical engineering, and in WSU's Smart Sensors and Integrated Microsystems and Nano Incubator programs.

                      Neural disorders and diseases result when parts of the brain don't interact properly or stop interacting altogether. Cheng said that over the past 50 years, electrodes used to stimulate connections between those parts typically stop working after a few weeks because scar tissue forms around the electrode, and the materials that comprise the electrode can't carry enough charge through the scar tissue.

                      Cheng hypothesizes that graphene, a flexible material recently discovered by Russian scientists, might be better suited to long-term treatment than platinum and iridium oxide, two of the most popular materials now used to make implantable electrodes. Making platinum and iridium oxide electrodes small enough to be implanted reduces the amount of charge they can carry and therefore limits their ability to stimulate neural connections. Additionally, Cheng said, signals from these electrodes to machines that record neural activity often contain a lot "noise" because of the impedance levels of the materials.




                        On the right track for a cure
                        Jul 15 2011 Written by Jackie Hickey, RN

                        Last week before the big Indy car race hit the track at Exhibition Place in Toronto, hundreds of runners, walkers and wheelchair racers test drove the Honda Indy track to raise money for the Canadian Spinal Research Organization’s (CSRO) 3rd annual Run, Walk, Wheel’Athon to find a cure for paralysis.
                        The Canadian Spinal Research Organization ( is dedicated to the improvement of the physical quality of life for persons with a spinal cord injury and those with related neurological deficits, through targeted medical and scientific research. The CSRO is also committed to the reduction of spinal cord injuries through awareness programs for the general public and prevention programs for targeted groups.

                        The organization’s goal is to find a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury or other neurological deficits.

                        A dashing good time was had by all once again this year at the Indy race, with energetic runners, walkers and wheelers flooding the track on a beautiful summer evening to raise funds for spinal cord injury prevention and research. Just over $5,000 was raised by many groups working together to find a cure for paralysis. But much more is needed to reach this lofty goal.




                          Schwann cell implantation for spinal cord injury repair: Maximum tolerated dose in a clinically-relevant contusive SCI model

                          POSTER PRESENTATION
                          Jeffrey Datto1, Johana Bastidas1, Miguel Martinez1, Dimitri Tahal1, Athauda Gagani1, Alexander Marcillo1, Damien Pearse1,2,3

                          1The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, United States; 2The Neuroscience Program, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, United States; 3Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, United States

                          Schwann cells (SCs), the glia of the peripheral nervous system (PNS) are critical to PNS regeneration and when implanted into the injured spinal cord, improve both anatomical and functional recovery in experimental models. Pre-clinical studies to date using clinically-relevant contusion spinal cord injury (SCI) paradigms have largely only employed a single (efficacious) dose of SCs for spinal cord implantation of 2 million cells; however, for safety and toxicity purposes, it is unclear whether this dose is the maximum tolerated dose (MTD). The current pre-clinical study sought to determine the SC MTD in adult female Fischer rats receiving a moderate contusive SCI at the thoracic level using the MASCIS impactor. continue........



                            have you check this lately, looks good.

                            clinical trials.



                              Published Sunday, August 07, 2011 12:07 AM
                              Texas A&M team granted funding
                              By MICHELLE CASADY

                              Less invasive and more successful treatments for people with spinal cord injuries could be available soon, in part because of research that's scheduled to begin this October at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

                              The Department of Defense awarded a $900,000 competitive grant to a team of researchers, led by Jonathan Levine, who is an assistant professor in neurology at the CVM.

                              The team will also collaborate with researchers at the University of California San Francisco.

                              It is hoped that the study of naturally occurring spinal cord injuries in dogs will lead to better treatments for humans.

                              "What's been done in labs across the country is the study of spinal cord injuries in rodents, where the spinal cord is traumatized purposefully, and then treatments are given," Levine said. "But the 70 or so treatments in rodents that have shown promise, when they're taken to human clinical trials, very few have worked."




                                Originally posted by manouli View Post
                                have you check this lately, looks good. clinical trials.

                                Just skimming through I like the one about L-Carnitine for treatment of fatigue/depression in spinal cord injury (also in trials for cancer patients).

                                I scoff at the Miami Project update, lol.

                                I can count on one hand how many had to deal with actually trying to treat paralysis at its source. Out of 372 .. and a lot of those were withdrawn, terminated, completed or had an unknown status.

                                I still hate this one thread for all the interesting articles you find.
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                                T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12