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    60 Minutes: New medical trial could ?cure spinal cord injuries in Australia?, experts claim



    By Sammi Taylor ? 60 Minutes Digital Producer
    10:58am Apr 15, 2019




    An extraordinary medical trial has provided a major breakthrough in global spinal cord injury research, with Australian researchers fighting to bring the new technology to Australia.
    ?Our goal is no less than cure,? Professor Bryce Vissel from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) told 60 Minutes reporter Charles Wooley.
    Professor Vissel has convinced the university to invest millions to bring the latest research into spinal cord injury to Australia.

    ?Our goal is no less than cure,? Professor Bryce Vissel from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) told 60 Minutes reporter Charles Wooley. (60 Minutes)To watch ?Giant Leap? and for more on 60 Minutes, visit the official website.
    His next goal is to bring a new form of epidural stimulation to Australian spinal cord injury patients, after seeing the profound impact the technology has had in international medical trials.
    ?I want this to be the world?s leading program,? Professor Vissel told Wooley.
    ?We will find the best people in the world who are advancing the technology in science to the maximum capacity that they can, and try to bring them here to Australia.?
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    The epidural stimulation trial has resulted in paraplegia patients and individuals with spinal cord injuries regaining movement and feeling in limbs ? and even learning to walk again.
    The trial involves electrodes being implanted on the spinal cord, that ? when stimulated ? can assist the brain and nervous system to communicate.

    Professor Courtine?s work in Switzerland comes after significant studies conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles, with Professor Reggie Edgerton. (60 Minutes)It seems radical, but it?s proof that even after severe physical trauma, the spinal cord can communicate with the brain and the nerves that help us walk can regrow and recover.
    For spinal cord injury patient David Mzee, the trial has been nothing short of life changing.
    After making a misstep while exercising at the gym in 2010, Mr Mzee was diagnosed with paraplegia.
    ?When I tried to move my arms they didn?t move. I tried to move my legs, they didn?t move. I had difficulty breathing and I panicked,? Mr Mzee told Wooley.
    ?After seven months of rehab (doctors) were like, ?Okay, better get used to the wheelchair?.?

    An extraordinary medical trial has provided a major breakthrough in global spinal cord injury research, with Australian researchers fighting to bring the new technology to Australia. (60 Minutes)But after taking part in the revolutionary medical trial, led by Associate Professor Gregoire Courtine in Switzerland, David Mzee is taking steps of his own ? thanks to electrode stimulation sent through an iPad.
    Professor Courtine?s work in Switzerland comes after significant studies conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles, with Professor Reggie Edgerton.
    The trial has made such an impact that David can now walk a few steps completely unaided without physical support or electronic stimulation.
    It?s an extraordinary result that needs immense financial backing to be made available to Australian patients.
    Professor Bryce Vissel says his program needs $10-$20 million to bring epidural stimulation to all Australians with spinal cord injuries.

    The trial has made such an impact that David can now walk a few steps completely unaided without physical support or electronic stimulation. (60 Minutes)It seems a small price to pay, considering the cost to the taxpayer of looking after spinal cord injury patients is currently $500 million a year.
    For patients like David Mzee, the trial has had a life-changing effect ? one that he wants to see all spinal cord injury patients have access to.
    ?I think you?ve got to dream big and really try the impossible, to make the impossible possible.?
    ? Nine Digital

    C-5, 6 SCI. Took about 6 months to walk. Walking full time. Without any assistance since Nov. 2003 and will make a full recovery

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRwf0y6bpkA

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    • #3
      Good piece, thanks for posting.

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      • #4
        Professor Bryce Vissel:

        Subject to securing funding, UTS will roll-out neurostimulation combined with exercise for patients across Australia within five years. A world-leading research program for exercise training and rehabilitation for people with SCI, stroke and Parkinsons disease will be developed with SCIA, which has over seven years experience in managing specialty, best-practice, exercise programs for people with mobility issues.

        • Professor Bryce Vissel who will head the Centre being established will also conduct research in Alzeimer's, Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative conditions.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by GRAMMY View Post
          Professor Bryce Vissel:

          Subject to securing funding, UTS will roll-out neurostimulation combined with exercise for patients across Australia within five years. A world-leading research program for exercise training and rehabilitation for people with SCI, stroke and Parkinsons disease will be developed with SCIA, which has over seven years experience in managing specialty, best-practice, exercise programs for people with mobility issues.

          • Professor Bryce Vissel who will head the Centre being established will also conduct research in Alzeimer's, Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative conditions.

          Within 5 yrs.. Been hearing that for 11 now.. ��

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ajstevens View Post
            Within 5 yrs.. Been hearing that for 11 now.. ��
            I've been hearing it for 40 years...

            (KLD)
            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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            • #7
              I think you are reading the timescale in the wrong context. He isn't talking about a cure within 5 years, they are talking about how long they think it will take to get epidural stimulation and rehab out to the population of Australia.

              Seeing as it's the only treatment on the near horizon, I applaud him for committing to do it. Most other countries have not moved past small scale trials of something that is proven to work.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by niallel View Post
                I think you are reading the timescale in the wrong context. He isn't talking about a cure within 5 years, they are talking about how long they think it will take to get epidural stimulation and rehab out to the population of Australia.

                Seeing as it's the only treatment on the near horizon, I applaud him for committing to do it. Most other countries have not moved past small scale trials of something that is proven to work.
                You are totally correct. That's exactly what Professor Bryce Vissel is talking about. I should have made the link in BOLD so people could have understood that from the article.

                A new Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine is being established in the Faculty of Science . They announced in 2016 or so that they were getting assistance from Dr. Reggie Edgerton. Subject to securing funding, UTS will roll out their neurostimulation programs with combined exercise with patients across Australia within five years. UTS is working with SpinalCure Australia (SpinalCure) and Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) to support this focus integrated research. Their funding effort to make this happen for Australia is called "Project Edge".
                Last edited by GRAMMY; 04-18-2019, 12:02 PM.
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                • #9
                  More about this was published after the video was released a couple months ago by UTS.

                  https://spinalcordresearchandadvocac...reviving-hope/
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                  • #10
                    How soon this therapy can be available publicly for patients from the globe? How much sure this will work in chronic lumbar injury patients too?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jawaid View Post
                      How soon this therapy can be available publicly for patients from the globe? How much sure this will work in chronic lumbar injury patients too?
                      As reported before, Thailand sells pain stimulators at a high cost but nobody is hearing overwhelming numbers of patient satisfaction with placements or outcomes. Without completed trials and more devices being made available, it's unknown which level of injury will have the most efficacy or if your cauda equina injury would improve. Human trials are currently underway in several countries. Nobody can accurately guess the answers to those two questions.
                      Last edited by GRAMMY; 04-18-2019, 11:58 AM.
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                      • #12
                        Holy sh*i. Dude actually walked without holding on to parallel bars.

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                        • #13
                          I can't watch this right now as I'm totally swamped with work, but what was this guy's injury level and classification (ASIA preferred) before he walked without parallel bars?
                          T3 complete since Sept 2015.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mize View Post
                            I can't watch this right now as I'm totally swamped with work, but what was this guy's injury level and classification (ASIA preferred) before he walked without parallel bars?
                            https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...1031141523.htm

                            David's and two other peoples story was reported well over a year ago. (He was in the STIMO trial and still works out every day). I haven't heard his particular level of injury but this was the criteria for that trial in Switzerland.

                            Criteria
                            Inclusion Criteria:
                            • Age 18-65 (women or men)
                            • Incomplete SCI graded as AIS C & D
                            • Level of lesion: T10 and above, based on AIS level determination by the PI, with preservation of conus function
                            • The intact distance between the cone and the lesion must be at least 60mm
                            • Focal spinal cord disorder caused by either trauma or epidural, subdural or intramedullary bleeding
                            • Minimum 12 months post-injury
                            • Completed in-patient rehabilitation program
                            • Able to stand with walker or 2 crutches
                            • Stable medical and physical condition as considered by Investigators
                            • Adequate care-giver support and access to appropriate medical care in patient's home community
                            • Agree to comply in good faith with all conditions of the study and to attend all required study training and visits
                            • Must participate in two training sessions before enrolment
                            • Must provide and sign Informed Consent prior to any study related procedures


                            Last edited by GRAMMY; 04-18-2019, 07:15 PM.
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                            • #15
                              This is why I absolutely hate these sensationalized reports that are really marketing pieces. Able to stand without a walker or 2 crutches and ASIA C/D is definitely not "curing spinal cord injuries" in any way. It's augmenting preserved function. To stand you need to be able to fire your quads and glutes at a bare minimum. So there is already preserved function in the muscles that will be trained to "walk" a few steps.

                              Nonetheless, the headlines will propagate and a couple dozen friends will excitedly email me this story about how I will soon be able to walk again.

                              Edit: For incompletes this is definitely exciting and I shouldn't have poo poo'd that aspect of it. I would like to see every single incomplete have access to both the trancutaneous stimulator and the implanted. Anything any of us gets back is a win in my book.
                              T3 complete since Sept 2015.

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