A man who lost the use of his legs to a spinal cord injury has walked again after scientists rerouted signals from his brain to electrodes on his knees. The 26-year-old American has used a wheelchair for five years after an accident left him paralysed from the waist down. Doctors said he was the first person with paraplegia caused by a spinal injury to walk without relying on robotic limbs that are controlled manually.
Science rocks! Technology is moving so fast, I can't imagine a possible cure being that far off.
Precisely. It is more a work-around than a cure, but InVivo Therapeutics is on the right track. Once that thing is approved for implant the sky will be the limit when collaborators try to add medicines or cells to it. The Neuro-Spinal Scaffold needs to be approved first and that will be the key to open the door since it is used soon after injury. It will change the standard of care for better and allow incrememtal improvements like cells to be added in.
"Researchers at the lab stressed that they had only tested the brain-computer interface on one patient and that many more patients would be needed for trials before they could assess its more general usefulness for people with paraplegia. Details of the study are reported in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation." www.theguardian.com/science/2015/sep/24/paraplegic-man-walks-with-own-legs-again