SAM Car Experience at Honda Toronto Indy

This year, at the Toronto Honda Indy the CSRO Ambassador Team was invited to take part in the SAM Car experience - which stands for Semi-Autonomous Motorcar. The vehicle was created by Arrow, and allows drivers with paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries to operate the car without the use...

CSRO In Memoriam: Remembering Clifford Voll

Clifford Voll was a man who valued independence, community, and progress.  After a motor vehicle crash resulted in a spinal cord injury at his C7 vertebrae, Clifford was classified as a quadriplegic but he had almost full use of his arms and hands.  This ability allowed him to use a...

Non-Surgical Recovery of Function: Not a Fantasy

Kate Willette “Improved voluntary hand function occurred within a single session in every subject tested.” That’s the killer sentence from a new study soon to be published in the Journal of Neurotrauma. The principal investigator is our old friend, Professor Reggie Edgerton, who has been looking for ways to help people...

MTO Reconnection Golf Tournament 2018

The 11th Annual MTO Reconnection Tournament was held at Cardinal Golf Club on June 11th, and it was a tremendous success. MTO employees, retirees, and other notable members of the road-building community all came out to show their support for Carl Hennum & the CSRO/ASRO. Carl, who was an Assistant...

Closed-loop neuromodulation restores network connectivity and motor control after spinal cord injury

Abstract: Recovery from serious neurological injury requires substantial rewiring of neural circuits. Precisely-timed electrical stimulation could be used to restore corrective feedback mechanisms and promote adaptive plasticity after neurological insult, such as spinal cord injury (SCI) or stroke. This study provides the first evidence that closed-loop vagus nerve stimulation (CLV)...

Restorative effects of human neural stem cell grafts on the primate spinal cord

We grafted human spinal cord–derived neural progenitor cells (NPCs) into sites of cervical spinal cord injury in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Under three-drug immunosuppression, grafts survived at least 9 months postinjury and expressed both neuronal and glial markers. Monkey axons regenerated into grafts and formed synapses. Hundreds of thousands of...