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This section includes scholarly articles from major medical journals and national publications on recent medical developments and ongoing research. Here you’ll find information on current medical advancements in spinal cord injury treatment and rehabilitation, including stem cell clinical trials.

  • Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals

    Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals is a interdisciplinary organization dedicated to advancing the care of people with spinal cord injury/dysfunction (Spinal Cord Injury/D) by bringing together nurses and physicians.The Academy is made up of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses, the American Paraplegia Society, the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers, and the Therapy Leadership Council in Spinal Cord Injury.

    Where to Start:
    On the home page, select Many Minds on the top toolbar. This will prompt a sub-toolbar, where you can select your area of interest such as Nurses, Physicians, Psychologists, Social Workersor Therapists.

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  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    While this website primarily speaks to physiatrists (rehabilitation physicians) on medical issues and best practices, there are some useful resources on rehabilitation. Here you can find a basic definition of what a physiatrist does as well as where to find one in your area. The Conditions and Treatments section also offers statistics and new developments regarding specific injuries, like spinal cord injury.

    Where to Start: Selecting Find a PM&R Physician from the top menu bar takes you to a page with a list of physiatrists in your area and their contact information.

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  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons

    Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with over 8,000 members worldwide. The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public. 

    Where to Start:

    First select the Patient Information tab on the main toolbar, and then click on the Conditions and Treatments icon to find the resources you are looking for.     

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  • American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA)

    ASIA establishes and promotes standards of excellence for all aspects of health care of individuals with spinal cord injury from onset throughout life. One of ASIA's primary missions is to educate members, other healthcare professionals, patients and their families as well as the public on all aspects of spinal cord injury and its consequences in order to prevent injury, improve care, increase availability of services and maximize the injured individual’s potential for full participation in all areas of community life.

     

     

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  • Australia/New Zealand Spinal Cord Network

    The Australian/ New Zealand Spinal Cord Network’s mission is to make recovery from spinal cord injury as full as possible.  Established in 2008, the Spinal Cord Injury Network has identified a number of ways to speed the translation of innovative research discoveries into practical benefits for people with spinal cord injury, focusing on five approaches. They aim to advance treatments for spinal cord injury by promoting excellence in research and clinical practice through improved communication and collaboration to build capacity

     
    Where to Start:
     
    To learn more about their research techniques, scroll through the main toolbar. 
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  • BrainandSpinalCord.org

    BrainandSpinalCord.org was created and sponsored by the Newsome Law Firm as a knowledge-base for people with brain or spinal cord injuries.  Their goal is to guide people with injuries and their families through the overwhelming experience of facing a sudden, traumatic injury.  

    Where to Start:

    While the BrainandSpinalCord.org is relatively new, they hope to eventually have answers and information about all of the most frequently asked questions and important issues facing survivors.  Check out their daily blog to find information about news and developments.

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  • Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

    The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is committed to raising funds to support research on spinal cord injury and to improving the quality of life of people living with paralysis. Ask Our Expert is a useful way to connect to someone who can answer your questions directly via phone or email.

    Where to Start:
    Select Get Help from the menu on the right and scroll down to Start here if you are new to spinal cord injury. This section offers basic information and resources including a free book called the "Paralysis Resource Guide" and links to the Reeve Foundation Paralysis Community. For medical research information, click Research on the left of the homepage, which takes you to detailed information about basic research, clinical trials, and leading scientists and their work.

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  • Cleveland Functional Electrical Stilmualtion Center

    The Cleveland FES Center strives to create a fertile environment in which researchers, engineers and clinicians work in collaboration to develop technological solutions that improve the quality of life of individuals with neurological or muscular skeletal impairments the through the use of functional electrical stimulation and enables the transfer of this technology into clinical deployment.

    Where to Start:

    This website offers up-to-date news on Spinal Cord Injury research and provides information on the development of functional electrical stimulation.  

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  • Disability Resource Directory

    The Disability Resource Directory is guide to disability, medical and health information on the internet.   It provides up-to-date resources from around the world, providing a current and comprehensive directory of resources for the disability community.

    Where to Start:

    Click on Spinal Cord Injury to find information on Spinal Cord Injury and other disability resources.     

     
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  • Disabled World: Spinal Cord Injury

    Disabled World provides information and news to the Disability Community, Organizations, and Rights Campaigners, via our Disability News Service, Articles, and informative Videos related to health and disabilities around the world.  The Spinal Cord Injury section provides basic information and recent medical research on Spinal Cord Injury developments.  

    Where to Start:

    Scroll down to get basic information on spinal cord injuries and to read recent articles from top medical journals.  

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  • Getting into stem cells study will be tough: doctor (Reuters, 2010)

    This article, published in Reuters, gives an objective and detailed look at the first human stem trial. Dr. Richard Fessler explains patient qualifications and the treatment process.

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  • HealthFinder.gov

    Healthfinder.gov has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations to bring you the best, most reliable health information on the Internet.

    Where to Start:

    Scroll down the maintool bar to find the information you are looking for.

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  • Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine

    The American Paraplegia Society provides this selection of free articles from the "Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine" (JSCM). Here you'll find articles and updates on the latest medical research and findings regarding Spinal Cord Injury.

    Where to Start:
    Click on an issue to see the table of contents. When you find an article that interests you, click on Abstract for a summary, Full Text to view the whole article, or PDF to download pages from the journal.

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  • Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center

    The goal of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center (KSpinal Cord InjuryRC), in close collaboration with our clinical colleagues in the Department of Neurological Surgery, is to develop effective treatments for spinal cord injury.  This goal is guided by our mission: "to develop successful spinal cord repair strategies in the laboratory that can be taken to the clinic in a timely and responsible fashion". 

    Where to Start:

    Search around the website, but be sure to check out  Patients & Caregivers to find information on Spinal Cord Injury.

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  • Mayo Clinic - Spinal Cord Injury

    The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life.  Their spinal cord injury resource page outlines the basics of Spinal Cord Injury and important information on initial treatments and rehabilitation.  

    Where to Start:

    Start by selecting Coping and Support to find resources and information on dealing with a spinal cord injury.

     

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  • Medical University of South Carolina - Spinal Cord Injury Research Team

    The Medical University of South Carolina’s Spinal Cord Injury Research Team research goal is to help better understand the life situation of our people with spinal cord injuries, and to identify factors that may be used to promote better life outcomes.   Their research ranges from studies on pressure sores to education and employment outcomes for people with spinal cord injuries

    Where to Start:

    Sign up for the research program’s newsletter, or check out their blog to keep up with the latest research on spinal cord injuries.  

     

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  • Medicine.Net: Spinal Cord Injury Treatment and Rehabilitation

    MedicineNet.com is an online, healthcare media publishing company. It provides easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers via its robust, user-friendly, interactive website.  Their Spinal Cord Injury Treatment and Rehabilitation section provides basic, trustworthy medical information.

    Where to Start:

    Medicine.net covers 15 different topics on spinal cord injuries, written by experts in the field.  Search through the subjects to find the answers you are looking for.  

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  • Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

    In 1985, Barth A. Green, M.D. and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Nick’s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, The Miami Project is the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, housed in the Lois Pope LIFE Center, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Miami Project’s international team of more than 200 scientists, researchers and clinicians take innovative approaches to the challenge of spinal cord injury.

    Where to Start:

    Select Paralysis Support on the main toolbar.  Here you will find information about spinal cord injuries and resources in your area.

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  • Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center

    The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) summarizes research, identifies health information needs and develops systems for sharing information for the NIDRR model systems programs in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and burn injury.

    Where to Start:

    Selecting the Spinal Cord Injury tab at the top takes you to a page with a listing of what the website has to offer, including a database of research publications published by the Model Spinal Cord Injury Systems since 1991.You can also click on Research Projects to discover studies that the Model Spinal Cord Injury Systems are currently conducting.

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  • National Rehabilitation Information Center

    This is a well-organized information database on disability and rehabilitation. Searchable by topic, this website is easy to use and features excellent resources for informational websites, publications, hospitals and rehabilitation clinics. In addition to the ready references here, you can engage in an online chat with an information specialist who will help you find whatever you're searching for.

    Where to Start:
    In the middle is a drop-down menu under the heading Where can I find.... Select help for a spinal cord injury or any other topic that interests you and click Go. This provides a quick list of resources as well as links to other tools on the site, like Ask Me and NAIRC Publications.

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  • Nerve Transfers - UC San Diego Health System

    Visit UC San Diego Health System's spinal cord injury website to learn more about nerve transfers, which are a new option for patients with spinal cord injuries. Conceptually, this procedure is quite similar to tendon transfers. In this procedure, a healthy nerve serving one function is cut and reconnected to a nonfunctional nerve (below the injury level) serving a more important function. Nerve transfers provide options for patients who are not candidates for tendon transfers. A number of nerve transfer procedures have been developed for restoring function within the hand, but not every patient is a candidate for this procedure. 

    Where to Start:

    Follow the link to learn more about nerve transfers.  

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  • Nerve Transfers In Patients With Spinal Cord Injury Educational Packet

    Cervical level spinal cord injury can significantly affect hand function. Depending on the level and type of injury, surgery to improve hand and arm function may be an option. Surgical treatment may include nerve transfers or other procedures. To help you understand the treatment options and what to expect, The Univeristy of Washington in St. Louis prepared this handout.
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  • Neurotech Network

    Founded in 2005, Neurotech Network of The Society to Increase Mobility, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focusing to improve the education of and the advocacy to access neurotechnology devices, therapies and treatments for persons with impairments.

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  • Ohio State Medical Center - NeuroRecovery Network Center

    The NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Center at The Ohio State University Medical Center is part of a distinguished network of leading rehabilitation centers that develops and delivers therapies to promote functional recovery and improve quality for life for people living with paralysis. Funded by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the NRN translates the latest scientific advances into effective rehabilitation treatments.

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  • OrthoInfo

    OrthoInfo aims to share the most up-to-date news and information about orthopaedic surgery. The website contains over 600 articles about fractures, sports injuries, joint replacement, children's' orthopaedics, and other topics. It also highlights tips on safety and prevention, and all of OrthoInfo’s articles are written and peer reviewed by orthopaedic surgeons who are experts in their field.

    Where to Start:

    Start by select Spine and Neck under Parts of the Body.  Scroll down to Patient Stories to learn more about Spinal Cord Injury.

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  • Proneuron Biotechnologies

    Proneuron Biotechnologies is a biopharmaceutical company developing therapies for neurological disorders, including spinal cord injuries (Spinal Cord Injury), brain trauma, and neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.  

    Proneuron's lead product is ProCord, an experimental cell therapy that is being developed to treat acute spinal cord injury.  Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science and Proneuron have demonstrated that CNS recovery may be enhanced by applying the body’s own repair system, the immune system, which is actively involved in wound-healing in other parts of the body.  While this treatment is strictly experimental for the time being, the website has a great resource directory and information on spinal cord injury.  

    Where to Start:

    Select Links on the side toolbar to find a thorough Spinal Cord Injury directory.  Also look at the Technology tab to read about the lastest Spinal Cord Injury developments, and to learn more about Proneuron Biotechnologies.  

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  • Rehab Management

    "Rehab Management" is an online features articles rehabilitation. While the publication is directed to rehabilitation professionals, the articles are informative and a useful source for the latest news on medical research and advancements.

    Where to Start:
    The Media Center at the bottom of the homepage contains Archives of all previous issues. Click on Newsletters and go to Monthly Top Ten for the most popular recent articles.

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  • Research Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

    The Research Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center conducts resource to better understand and improve outcomes after TBI and Spinal Cord Injury.  Outcomes studied include the functional, vocational and life satisfaction areas that are important to people with and without disabilities.  They strive to meet the needs of injuries persons and their families for information, education and support.

    Where to Start:

    Start by selecting Research to find information on their current research projects.

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  • Scientists Make Paralyzed Rats Walk Again After Spinal cord Injury: Sept. 21, 2009

    This article details a recent update on a discovery made by UCLA researchers that might be a step toward improved rehabilitation for people with Spinal Cord Injury. In their tests, researchers have found that, with administration of drugs and electrical stimulation, they can cause paralyzed rats to walk and bear their weight while guided on a treadmill

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  • Skin Care and Pressure Sores in Spinal Cord Injury

    A pressure sore is an area of the skin or underlying tissue (muscle, bone) that is damaged due to loss of blood flow to the area. They are the most common and sometimes life-threating medical complication of spinal cord injury.

    Where to Start

    Begin by scrolling through the MSKTC six-part series, which cover over topics such as Causes and Risks, Prevention, and Building Skin Tolerance.

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  • Spinal Cord Injury Directory from WebMD

    The spinal cord carries messages between the brain and the rest of the body. These messages allow you to move and to feel touch, among other things. A spinal cord injury stops the flow of messages below the site of the injury. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about spinal cord injury, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.

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  • Spinal Cord Injury Overview - Cleveland Clinic

    The Cleveland Clinic a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education.  Their website is provided by Cleveland Clinic to benefit patients, the general public and healthcare professionals, and offers great information on spinal cord injury.

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  • Spine Universe

    This website has a wealth of research articles reported in leading medical journals and other publications about back pain and injuries.  The home page features articles on a variety of back-related topics, as well as a tool for finding a specialist in your area.  Though the site is not spinal-cord injury specific, it does offer an extensive library of articles on spinal-cord injuries and related topics, including the anatomy, facts, treatments and types of tests to expect from your doctor.

    Where to Start:

    Clicking the Conditions tab at the top provides a list of Spinal Conditions from A-Z. From here you can select Spinal Cord Injuries or search for another specific back problem. This produces all the articles that the website has to offer within your selected subject area.

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  • Stem Book

    Stem Book is a collection of original, peer-reviewed chapters on various aspects of stem-cell biology written by top researchers in the field at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and worldwide. This is the place to find serious, in-depth scholarly research.

    Where to Start:
    Select Contents from the menu bar at the top. Here you'll find a list of all the topics and articles covered by the website.

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  • Video: Stem Cell Restoration in Rat's Spine

    This video illustration made by Geron, the first U.S. company to sponsor human stem-cell trials, shows the restoration of a rat's spinal cord. This procedure was successful in numerous animal studies and is the basis of the current human trial.

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  • Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation

    By providing targeted financial support, Wings for Life enables the implementation of important research projects focusing on curing paraplegia. Wings for Life also supports revolutionary compensatory treatments, which promise to significantly improve the quality of life of paraplegic patients.

    To choose its research projects, Wings for Life benefits from the expertise of an advisory committee of international scientists and physicians. Together with well respected reviewers, they support the foundation by selecting the most promising projects that focus on relevant research. Wings for Life has established a stringent, multi-stage selection process to ensure the best possible investment of every single donation.

    Where to Start: 

    Start by scrolling through the main toolbar to find more information on the program and to see if you apply.
     
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