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Developing neurotechnologies for spinal cord injuries with Grégoire Courtine

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In October 2018, a breakthrough in treating paralysis was reported when researchers utilized targeted neurotechnologies to restore walking in individuals with spinal cord injury. The study, termed STImulation Movement Overground (STIMO), involved three paralyzed individuals who sustained cervical spinal cord injuries many years ago who were able to walk again with the aid of crutches or a walker.

We had the pleasure of speaking with corresponding author of the study, Grégoire Courtine (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland) at the 21st Spinal Research Network Meeting (6–7 September 2019, London, UK) to hear more about the development of neurotechnologies for spinal cord injuries. Grégoire also spoke to us about what further research has been done since the publication of their results, including how close we might be to turning this rehabilitation paradigm into a treatment in the clinic. Watch our video interview to find out more.

Questions for Grégoire Courtine on neurotechnologies for spinal cord injuries

00:19 – Could you provide us with an overview of your talk?

00:41 – What challenges are there in developing neurotechnologies for spinal cord injuries?

01:32 – Since the publication of the Stimulation Movement Overground (STIMO) study, what further research has been done?

02:15 – How close are we to turning this rehabilitation paradigm into a treatment in the clinic?

03:17 – Where do you hope to see the field in 5–10 years’ time?

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