Elusive search for cure of Spinal Cord Injury continues

"I think we've cured every paralyzed rat in the world.  How about curing us now?"
-- Unknown person with spinal cord injury

It seems like a week doesn't go by without some new report of a potential cure for spinal cord injury, raising hopes even if that potential cure is in the early stages of research.  Add to it all the hype generated by clinics in the U.S. and overseas advertising cures through the use of stem cells and it leaves one frustrated and confused and for some, it could get quite depressing quite fast. 

Researchers are recognizing the complexity of the spinal cord and for them, it is equally challenging to not give up their work due to setbacks.  Yet, it is comforting to know a lot of effort is undertaken across the globe and we thought it could provide for some good reading to include the following articles that illustrate the different approaches being taken to one day conquer paralysis.

New drug may restore bladder function after spinal cord injury

The Journey to a Cure Video Series

Phase I Study of Neural Stem Cell Transplantation for Chronic Spinal Cord Injury

University of Louisville launches groundbreaking study on spinal cord injuries

Encouraging news from the on-going E-STAND epidural stimulation trial at the University of Minnesota

Brain Implant Gives Quadriplegic Movement

Fat cells converted into stem cells can repair any damaged tissues.

ReNetX Bio Invited to Present Breakthrough at Leading Spinal Cord Injury Symposium

Paralyzed patient feels sensation again

Schwann Cell Clinical Trial for Chronic Injury - The Miami Project

Stem Cells Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury

People With Spinal Injuries Are Regaining Use of Their Limbs in an Amazing Way

Epidural Stimulation:  A New Treatment Option for Spinal Cord Injury Sufferers

Biodegradable medical device, in tandem with a drug, to support nerve regeneration across the injured area of the spinal cord

Clinical trial success for stem cell-based treatment of spinal cord injury

Paraplegic Rat Walks Again After Therapy, and Now We Know Why

Recovery from Spinal Cord Injuries Can Be Predicted

In a break with dogma, myelin boosts neuron growth in spinal cord injuries

Stem Cell-Based Phase I Trial to Repair Spinal Cord Injuries Produces Encouraging Results

Gene jumpstarts regeneration of damaged nerve cells