How to Restore Walking After Spinal Cord Injury

A new study by scientists at the .NeuroRestore research center has identified the type of neuron that is activated and remodeled by spinal cord stimulation, allowing patients to stand up, walk and rebuild their muscles – thus improving their quality of life. This discovery, made in  nine patients, marks a fundamental, clinical breakthrough.

In a multi-year research program coordinated by the two directors of  .NeuroRestore – Grégoire Courtine, a neuroscience professor at EPFL, and  Jocelyne Bloch, a neurosurgeon at Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) – patients who had been paralyzed by a spinal cord injury and who underwent  targeted epidural electrical stimulation of the area that controls leg movement  were able to regain some motor function.

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