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Injuries and diseases of the spinal cord can lead not only to complete or partial paralysis, but to pain, problems with speech and breathing, and loss of important functions such as bladder control.

Dalhousie University is home to a large group of spinal cord researchers. Together, they aim to restore function and mobility in people with diseases or injuries that affect their spinal cord. These researchers—who include neurosurgeons, neurobiologists, electrophysiologists, physiatrists, and physiotherapists—are learning how neurons develop, specialize and form neural networks to control movement and other functions, how the nervous system responds and adapts to illness and injury, and how function and movement can be preserved, restored and/or rehabilitated after an illness or injury.

In addition to their affiliation with the Brain Repair Centre, these researchers and colleagues outside Nova Scotia have formed the Atlantic Mobility Action Project (Mobility Project) to strengthen their collaborative efforts to restore mobility and important functional abilities to people whose nervous systems have been damaged by injury or disease.

Researchers:

Sean Christie, spinal cord injury and complex spinal surgeries 

 

Dalhousie University Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation Labour and Advanced Education
IWK Health Centre Capital Health QEII Health Science Centre Foundation
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