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Dr. Botticello receives Neilsen Foundation Grant to improve spinal cord injury outcomes

March 9, 2018

EAST HANOVER, NJ (EurekAlert!) – Amanda Botticello, PhD, MPH, has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to observe community activity spaces in order to better understand the influence of the environment on participation behavior among people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Research indicates that the physical environment, that is, places where individuals work and reside – is a key social determinant of health and disability. 

Researchers Use Human Neural Stem Cell Grafts to Repair Spinal Cord Injuries in Monkeys

February 26, 2018
UC San Diego Health

SAN DIEGO, CA (UC San Diego Health) – Led by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, a diverse team of neuroscientists and surgeons successfully grafted human neural progenitor cells into rhesus monkeys with spinal cord injuries. The grafts not only survived, but grew hundreds of thousands of human axons and synapses, resulting in improved forelimb function in the monkeys.

People with tetraplegia gain rapid use of brain-computer interface

January 24, 2018

PROVIDENCE, RI (EurekAlert!) – For a brain-computer interface (BCI) to be truly useful for a person with tetraplegia, it should be ready whenever it’s needed, with minimal expert intervention, including the very first time it’s used. In a new study in the journal of Neural Engineering, researchers in the BrainGate* collaboration demonstrate new techniques that allowed three participants to achieve peak BCI performance within three minutes of engaging in an easy, one-step process.

Kessler Foundation receives major federal grant to train rehabilitation researchers

January 17, 2018

EAST HANOVER, NJ (Infosurhoy) – Guang Yue, PhD, director of Human Performance and Engineering Research at Kessler Foundation, has been awarded a $735, 000 grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). This five-year grant funds an Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Project in Rehabilitation Neuroscience and Engineering.

Feinstein study sheds light on combating infections tied to spinal cord injury

January 12, 2018
The Island Now

LONG ISLAND, NY (The Island Now) – Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Associate Professor Ona E. Bloom uncovered that white blood cell genes are present at different levels in people with spinal cord injury. These findings, published yesterday online in the “Journal of Neurotrauma,” are a first step to understanding and developing better interventions for infections in people with spinal cord injury, which is the leading cause of death in these individuals.

United Spinal Receives Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Grant to Support Weather Related Disaster Relief Efforts

January 4, 2018
Cision PR Newswire

NEW YORK, NY (Cision PR Newswire) – United Spinal Association today announced that it has received a $500,000 grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to support weather related disaster relief efforts for the spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) community. Wheelchair users and other people with disabilities are among the most vulnerable from severe weather and natural disaster events such as the recent hurricanes and floods in Puerto Rico, USVI and Houston.


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