To Walk Again

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a life-altering neurological injury that causes substantial reductions in independence and quality of life. Approximately 1,800 Canadians experience spinal cord injuries each year. 51.6% of these injuries occur in individuals between the ages of 16-30.

Dr. Vivian Mushahwar and her team have developed a spinal implant to restore the ability to walk for those who experience spinal cord injuries, resulting in better health, more independent living, and a longer life expectancy.

View the event presentation to learn more as Dr. Vivian Mushahwar speaks more about this procedure and what it means for people living with spinal cord injuries.

Dr. Vivian Mushahwar and her team have developed a spinal implant to restore the ability to walk for those who experience spinal cord injuries

intraspinal microstimulation

Patients with spinal cord injuries who have lost most or all motor functions consider regaining the ability to walk as one of the most important improvements to their quality of life. Led by Dr. Vivian Mushahwar, researchers at the University of Alberta are committed to making that happen with a process called intraspinal microstimulation (ISMS), an approach in which very fine micro implants are placed inside the spinal cord, targeting its walking-related networks.

Learn more about how ISMS is restoring motor function to those with spinal cord injuries.

 

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