Neural Stem Cell Trial
In addition to assessing safety, the trial did measure defined clinical endpoints, such as changes in sensation, motor, and bowel/bladder function. All patients received HuCNS-SC cells through direct transplantation into the spinal cord, and were temporarily immunosuppressed.
Electrical epidural stimulations (EES) of the spinal cord are clinically tested in order to improve standing and walking ability. The study is currently being carried out in collaboration between Lausanne University Hospital and the Spinal Cord Injury Centre at Balgrist University Hospital.
Nogo Antibody Study
Nogo is a protein that is found only in the central nervous system, where it prevents nerve regeneration. Conversely, antibodies to Nogo encourage damaged nerves to grow again.
Deep Brain Stimulation
The idea of this study is to make use of few remaining intact fibres of the spinal cord by electrical stimulation of a certain region in the brain in order to activate the local control centers of the spinal cord by a multiple amplified signal.
New findings of the basic pathophysiological mechanisms underlying walking impairments in neurological disorders, thus, improving diagnosis, treatment, stratification and outcome prediction of patients.
The aim of this project ist the development of accurate inclusion/exclusion criteria for SCI trial participants, whether they be complete (ASIA Impairment Scale A or AIS-A) or incomplete, (AIS-B to AIS-D).
The bladder and the brain - fMRI study
Supraspinal control of lower urinary tract function in patients with neurogenic and non-neurogenic bladder dysfunction.
LUT and EEG
Evaluation of new approaches in the treatment and neurophysiological assessment of healthy and impaired human lower urinary tract function.
Motor plasticity and training: cortical and spinal mechanisms
Human beings have an extremely highly developed cortico-motoneuronal system. This partly explains why their ability for functional regeneration in the case of complete spinal cord injury is comparatively poor.
Motor cortical control of cooperative and non-cooperative hand movements
The main aim of this project is to compare the neuronal regulation of one-handed movements with the neuronal regulation of cooperative and non-cooperative bimanual movements.
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The role of proprioception in movement imagery, awareness and production
This study should provide new findings on how sensory information influences movement. For this purpose, we are comparing the motor areas of healthy people with those of patients with spinal cord injuries.
Supra- and spinal pain control
Changes within the sensory system following spinal cord injury (SCI) not only affect the individual specific sensory modalities (proprio-, noci-, mechano-, enteroception) but also physiological sensori-sensory interactions across the spinal and supra-spinal system.
CHEPs in lower limbs and small fibre neuropathy
Small fiber integrity can be assessed with CHEPs but recording potentials from the lower extremities has been considered rather difficult and poorly reproducible. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the feasibility of CHEPs from lower extremities deploying our increased baseline stimulation protocol.
Cold allodynia, a symptom frequently encountered in individuals with SCI suffering from neuropathic pain, has so far escaped proper appreciation, owing to the absence of an objective method in order to functionally dissect the underlying spinal pathways. Thus, a new assessment paradigm to record cold-evoked potentials has been piloted.
The overall objective of this CRPP is to dissect the impact of peripheral, spinal and supra-spinal processes that cause sensitization and modulation in order to provide a framework for mechanistically founded therapies across disease entities.