At Mayo, pioneering steps toward helping paralyzed patients

His face flushed from the effort, Jered Chinnock straightened his back after a therapist helped position his feet on the floor of a Mayo Clinic hospital lab. He paused, concentrating, before he gently loosened his grip on the metal railing at his side. “Nice control!” a physical therapist encouraged him as he recently stood perfectly still, everyone in the room … Read More

C.E.O. Nick Terrafranca presents at “Working to Walk” science symposium.

It is a complex process to take laboratory discoveries and commercialize. CEO Nick Terrafranca educates patients and scientists the process of moving a therapy from the laboratory to the marketplace. From Lab to Market – Turning the Dream Into Reality – Dr. Nick Terrafranca from Unite 2 Fight Paralysis on Vimeo.

New Treatment Let’s Paralyzed Patients Move Their Legs

Researchers at UCLA have done something they didn’t think was possible: without the use of surgery, they helped people with severe paralysis voluntarily move their legs — something that’s never been accomplished before. While it may be years before this new approach could be widely used, the researchers now think patients with severe spinal cord injuries may be able to … Read More

How a remarkable new technique allowed paralyzed men to move legs again

  In the 1990s, physiologist Dr. V. Reggie Edgerton met Christopher Reeve at a science convention. It was a few years after the actor best known for playing Superman had been severely injured during a horse riding competition, and Edgerton saw before him America’s icon of invincibility confined to a wheelchair. “It’s urgent,” Reeve told him. “Don’t just come into … Read More

Paralyzed patients move again with new, non-surgical stimulation

For the first time, doctors have found a way to help completely paralyzed patients regain voluntary movement — without surgery. A new technique called transcutaneous stimulation helped five paralyzed patients move their own legs after several weeks of gradually increased re-training using electrical stimulation, physical therapy and an experimental drug. This is another step in early research into how paralyzed … Read More

Paralysed men move again with spinal stimulation

Four paralysed men have been able to move their legs for the first time in years after electrical stimulation of their spinal cords, US doctors report. They were able to flex their toes, ankles and knees – but could not walk independently. A report, in the journal Brain, suggests the electricity makes the spinal cord more receptive to the few … Read More

UCLA life scientists awarded Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Award

V. Reggie Edgerton, UCLA distinguished professor of integrative biology and physiology and of neurobiology; Yury Gerasimenko, professor and director of the laboratory of movement physiology at St. Petersburg’s Pavlov Institute and a researcher in UCLA’s Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology; and colleagues have been awarded a Popular Mechanics’ 2011 Breakthrough Award for developing “an electric therapy that stimulates spinal nerves, … Read More