Hope for the paralysed: UTS to establish Centre for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine

358 reading now Emily James, 24, smashed her C5 vertebrae in a snowboarding accident four years ago. “Straight away, I knew something was wrong,” she said. Like so many of the 15,000 Australians living with spinal cord injury she was told she would never walk again. Emily James, 24, became a quadriplegic after a snowboarding accident.  Photo: Janie Barrett But a treatment program that allows paralysed patients to feel, stand and voluntarily move their legs is coming to Australia. It is giving people like Ms James hope that a spinal cord injury is no longer a life sentence of paralysis. “It is unbelievably exciting,” said Professor Bryce Vissel, who is moving from the Garvan Institute to establish the Centre for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Technology, Sydney. Passing the baton: UCLA’s Professor Reggie…


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