Victories over paralysis are what motivate us as we design each experiment, document and categorize each participant’s progress. We are an international team committed to understanding neuroscience and translating scientific findings to the clinic to continually move toward fully overcoming paralysis.
Every spinal cord injury is as unique as the person experiencing them. We strive to understand that injury and the impact it has on an individual’s life. Every incremental gain a person makes in mobility, health and quality of life is a victory.
The University of Louisville’s Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center has basic and translational research taking place right alongside the best in clinical care at Frazier Rehab Institute. It is our lab’s proximity to that clinical care that makes those daily, incremental victories available to patients possible. Locomotor training is a cornerstone to recovery of function below the level of injury, reducing secondary complications and improving quality of life.
Epidural stimulation was a breakthrough in our understanding of control of movement and the possibilities for the most severely injured. Rob Summers, who had a severe spinal cord injury received the implant in 2009 and began the experimental training that accompanied it. Today, three other individuals who have undergone the treatment are experiencing similar, unexpected yet significant results.
Building upon this strong foundation and success, we now have clinical services and research for children with paralysis. Some children are born with paralysis because of conditions such as spinal tumors, while others are due to injuries and diseases. The injury also interrupts the normal course of their growth and development. We have pioneered research and practice of activity-based therapies, specifically locomotor training, to promote recovery for kids after spinal cord injury. We have seen improved abilities to sit, stand, balance, and step. People of all ages with paralysis will now have the opportunity to benefit from the research and clinical application of scientific findings.