Delivering a diversified electric message to different fibres of the injured spinal cord through a new technology able to deliver it in a targeted and independent manner. What is the result? Greater efficiency in recovering the control of voluntary limb movements in the event of serious damage to the spinal cord. This is the focus of the research study just published in “Brain Stimulation”. By adopting a completely new approach, the study offers a significant contribution to the field of electrical stimulation for the recovery of motor functions, an area of great interest for possible future clinical applications. Although the steps forward in this field have already been outstanding, with some first clinical tests conducted, much still needs to be done. The solution developed by the international team led by Giuliano Taccola of SISSA with the collaboration of the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Leeds, contains significant elements of innovation, which could increase the efficiency of Neurorehabilitation, extending the possibilities of treatment to a higher number of individuals. Among the innovations introduced by the study, a special mention should be reserved to the more specific and effective impulse, the potential translational perspectives both in the treatment and in the diagnostics of spinal injuries, and finally the possibility to apply the technique not only in chronic situations, but also in acute ones. The promising results obtained in the research funded by the European Horizon 2020 Project “EPI _nanoSTIM” have the potentials to soon support a clinical trial.
Spinal injuries: a new technology of electrostimulation for a targeted and more effective approach
12 November 2019
The new study has been published in “Brain Stimulation”