Navigation Links
University of Louisville neuroscientists hope to get people walking again
Date:10/1/2009

Neuroscience researchers at the University of Louisville will be the only team collaborating with an international group of scientists that last week announced they had enabled paralyzed rats to walk while supporting their own weight.

Dr. Susan Harkema, the University of Louisville's Owsley Brown Frazier Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation, rehabilitation director at the university's Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center (KSCIRC) and the director of research at Frazier Rehab Institute, is evaluating how to translate into humans the success accomplished in the animals.

"We have been collaborating with this particular group of researchers for a number of years," Harkema said. "The results they have shown are very exciting and we look forward to determining how to take their animal findings and move it into applications for humans."

The research team at UCLA found that a combination of drugs, electrical stimulation and regular exercise was enough to allow the rats to walk. One of the key things demonstrated is that regeneration of severed nerve fibers is not required for the animals to learn to walk again.

"Spine cells in mammals generate a current that helps make muscles and parts of the body move. If we can find ways to harness that current and stimulate appropriate areas with electrical stimulation to enhance that current, we may be able to help people who have complete spinal cord injuries stand and walk on their own," Harkema said.

Statistics from the University of Alabama National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center show that approximately 250,000 Americans are spinal cord injured. Fifty two percent of spinal cord injured individuals are considered paraplegic and 47% quadriplegic. Approximately 11,000 new injuries occur each year. Fifty-six percent of injuries occur between the ages of 16 and 30. The average age of a spinal cord injured person is 31.


'/>"/>

Contact: Gary Mans
gary.mans@louisville.edu
502-594-6014
University of Louisville Health Sciences Center
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Honeywell Brings Facility Expertise to New University of Kentucky Hospital
2. Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas Recognized for Exemplary Surgical Patient Care
3. Boston University School of Medicines black womens health study receives $9.1 million award
4. George Fox University Hosts Oregon Center for Nursing Director Oct. 15
5. Loyola University Chicago awarded scholarships for accelerated nursing students
6. AutismOne & Autism Canada Present "CHANGING THE COURSE OF AUTISM IN CANADA 2009" University of Toronto
7. University of Hawaii-Maui Community College Selects American TeleCare for Allied Health Department's Nursing Telehealth Project
8. University Medical Center Mainz Completes Installation of Masimo Noninvasive and Continuous Hemoglobin Throughout Their Operating Rooms, Intensive Care Units and Emergency Department
9. ATS Medical Announces Implant Milestone for the ATS 3f Aortic Bioprosthesis Achieved at Columbia University Medical Center
10. Local Photography Studio Showcased at Opening of New Hospital at University of North Carolina
11. LMI and Hinchcliffe Launch Gov 2.0 University - Innovative Web 2.0 Training for Government Agencies
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/31/2016)... , ... May 31, 2016 , ... Phynd Technologies, Inc. ... GA; Houston Methodist – Houston, TX and Shore Medical Center – Somers Point, NJ. ... three different, leading EHR solutions, demonstrating the breadth of Phynd’s solution and its interoperability. ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... In a recent interview on The ... on New Rochelle, NY-based WVOX (1460 AM), leading medical insurance advocate Adria ... the country’s “modern medical money maelstrom.” , During the interview with Mr. Feiner ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... Dr. Charles A. Ditta ... of New Jersey in the class of 1986, where he graduated in the top ... his current location in Livingston since 1989. He has been a member in good ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... ... information technology solutions to the healthcare industry, The University of Scranton is adding ... an accelerated path to a career in rapidly growing field of healthcare information. ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... Super Powder, a supplement produced by Prox ... individuals and dedicated athletes, continues to transform the nutritional supplement industry by providing a ... milk protein, branched-chain amino acids (BCAA), alkaline minerals, wheat grass, digestive enzymes, Omega 3’s, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/31/2016)... New York , May 31, 2016 ... other biomaterials market is progressing at a CAGR of ... This market was valued at US$0.46 bn in 2013. ... it is expected to reach US$0.88 bn by the ... data is derived from the market,s holistic representation in ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ZIONA, Israel , May 31, ... medicine company utilizing its proprietary plant-based rhCollagen technology for ... authorization from the Chief Scientist of Israel,s ... of its NIS 12 million development project for 2016. The ... higher than last year,s authorized grant, which totaled NIS ...
(Date:5/30/2016)... , May 30, 2016 ... research report "Healthcare Biometrics Market by Technology ... Voice)), Multifactor, Multimodal), Application (Workforce Management), End ... to 2021", published by MarketsandMarkets, the market ... by 2021 from USD 1,182.6 Million by ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: