International Center for Spinal Cord Injury

Ya' Gotta Regatta

Sep 24 2011 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Please join the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury for Ya' Gotta Regatta, an annual fun day of racing, on Saturday, September 24, 2011. This event will be held at the Downtown Sailing Center at the Museum of Industry. Activities will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Van Brooks' Success Story

On High Schools: Milton Kent / Sun Columnist

Full article as published in the Baltimore Sun on 9/25/05

Loyola High's Brooks makes progress one year after suffering a spinal cord injury

For some, purging the memory of something as traumatic as being paralyzed making a tackle might be first on a to-do list, but every detail of that warm fall day is burnished on Brooks' mind.

Patrick Rummerfield's Success Story

Patrick RummerfieldPatrick Rummerfield lives a life that can only be deemed miraculous. A 1974 car accident left Pat with little hope of survival. Today, this triathlete, race car driver and motivational speaker spends each day ensuring that he makes the most of his body’s renewed power.

Santa Marie Wallace's Story

Santa Marie WallaceIn 1986, after an evening of celebrating her birthday at a nightclub with friends, Santa Marie Wallace was hit by a drunk driver while walking across the street. This devastating, life-altering accident left her a quadriplegic.

Working 2 Walk

Oct 16 2011 - 7:00am - Oct 18 2011 - 7:00pm

Working 2 WalkJoin ICSCI at the Working 2 Walk event. This event provides participants with the opportunity to:

On Her Own Two Legs

July 8, 2011
When an uncanny twist of circumstances left Morgan Dunnigan paralyzed, doctors predicted her condition was permanent. With Kennedy Krieger’s help she proved them wrong.

Morgan DunniganLaying in a hospital bed on a Sunday night, Morgan Dunnigan believed her parents and physician when they said she would wake up the next morning for a surgery that promised to make the pain in her neck disappear, make the tumor hurting her spine go away, make everything better.

They couldn’t have been more wrong.

Research Frontiers: Looking for an Alternative to Embryonic Stem Cells

Researchers hope that iPS cells may some day function as embryonic stem cells without the controversy

In 2009, the FDA approved the use of human embryonic stem cell-based therapy for the treatment of patients with spinal cord injuries. Cell-based therapy - the use of human cells transplanted into the human body to promote healing - is not a futuristic concept. Bone marrow transplant, for example, is a cell-based therapy that was proven to be safe and effective more than 50 years ago. Stem cells are particularly useful in these cell-based therapies because they are both immortal and flexible, meaning they can divide without end and they can become almost any type of cell.

Never Say Never: Kennedy Krieger Gives Hope, Not Limits, to a Family from Nebraska

Never Say NeverIt was spring of 2007, and the town of Hastings, Nebraska, was looking forward to summer. Memorial Day weekend had come and gone, and Kirk and Jami Ortegren had just watched their son Jack crawl for the first time.

Cancer Drug Found to Aid Cell Regeneration After Spinal Cord Injury

January 27, 2011
Taxol stabilizes growing nerve cells and reduces the barrier of scar tissue

(Baltimore, MD) - In a study published today in Science (e-publication ahead of print), a global research team reports that the cancer drug Taxol® (Paclitaxel) promotes the regeneration of injured nerve cells in the central nervous system (CNS) after spinal cord injury.

A Research Update from the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute

June 15, 2010
New Research Shows that Electrical Stimulation Can Promote Central Nervous System Repair

As a therapeutic tool, electrical stimulation is being used in innovative ways to promote recovery of function following nervous system injury or disease. It can restore control and offset atrophy to muscles after injury and has a variety of therapeutic applications in the clinical setting. New research now suggests that electrical stimulation may also enhance central nervous system (CNS) repair.

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