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Famed triathlete racing for quadriplegics

October 17, 2017
The San Diego Union-Tribune

ENCINITAS, CA (The San Diego Union-Tribune) — Twenty years ago this week, Encinitas triathlete Sian Welch crawled across the finish line and into sports history at the 1997 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. The infamous fifth-place win, where she and fellow athlete Wendy Ingraham completed the grueling race on their hands and knees, has become a world-famous depiction of the never-give-up perseverance of Ironman competitors. 

Economic recovery extends to 18 months for Americans with disabilities

October 6, 2017
Kessler Foundation

EAST HANOVER, NJ (Kessler Foundation) — Americans with disabilities continue to close in on pre-recession employment levels with yet another month of strong job numbers, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). This extends the record trend to 18 consecutive months for this population. 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Hosts International Symposium on Adaptive Technology for Music and Art

October 6, 2017

TROY, NY (Newswise.com) — The International Symposium on Assistive Technology for Music and Art (ISATMA) will be held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute October 20 -22. The symposium is devoted to new technologies and artistic concepts that provide artists across abilities access to creative tools for making multimedia works. 

Sexuality after SCI

October 5, 2017
Mt. Sinai Hospital

NEW YORK, NY (Mt. Sinai Hospital) — This project was created through a grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and support from community partners to provide more educational resources about sex, sexuality and intimacy after spinal cord injury. These videos were shot during a one day medical professional’s conference and a two day consumer conference at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City. 

ECU Notes: Drug research targets neuropathic pain

October 1, 2017

GREENVILLE, NC (Reflector.com) — Scientists at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University are researching a novel approach to treating the debilitating pain that commonly occurs after a spinal cord injury. Their work is supported by a new two-year, $300,000 grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. 


It’s Not a Rat’s Race for Human Stem Cells Grafted to Repair Spinal Cord Injuries

August 28, 2017
UC San Diego Health

SAN DIEGO, CA (UC San Diego Health) — More than one-and-a-half years after implantation, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the San Diego Veterans Administration Medical Center report that human neural stem cells (NSCs) grafted into spinal cord injuries in laboratory rats displayed continued growth and maturity, with functional recovery beginning one year after grafting.


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