GTX medical is developing a therapy using a spinal cord implant delivering task specific electrical stimulation during training. We aim to accelerate and augment functional recovery of people with spinal cord injury, and to improve their quality of life. Preliminary clinical results are confirming a series of scientific breakthroughs developed in animal models over the past 15 years.
Rehabilitation with Targeted Epidural Spinal Stimulation (TESS)
Featured in Nature
The initial results of STIMO, the safety and feasibility study with the Targeted Epidural Spinal Stimulation system in combination with over-ground robot assisted rehabilitation training for people with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI), were published in the November 1st issues of Nature and Nature Neuroscience.
20 Apr 2020:
20 Mar 2020:
Spinal Cord Injury Community Personal Opinions and Perspectives on Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCIPOP-SCS) Research Survey
The Praxis Institute is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization that leads global collaboration in spinal cord injury research, innovation and care. They accelerate the translation of discoveries and best practices into improved treatments for people with spinal cord injuries. GTX medical supports initiatives from the Praxis Institute.
Praxis partnered with NASCIC on an online research survey about perspectives on spinal cord stimulation. This research survey was co-created by people with lived experience of SCI to identify priorities, share expectations and assess demand for spinal cord stimulation.
We’re seeking input from people with lived experience of SCI and their primary caregivers about their opinions on this area of research. If you are interested, please take the research survey here: https://survey.givingopinions.ca/c132
It should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and will be available until Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
14 Jun 2019:
Prof. Grégoire Courtine was celebrated in Washington D.C. as one of the five 2019 Rolex Award laureates. For more than 40 years, the Rolex Awards have supported individuals with projects that advance human knowledge, protect cultural heritage or help preserve natural habitats and species.
5 May 2019:
Wings for Life – World Run 2019: The GTX / STIMO teams put in some fantastic efforts on Sunday 5thMay by ‘running for those who can’t’.
The teams were spread over several locations including Nijmegen (NL), Lausanne (CH), Zug (CH) and Gent (BE) with the proudest moments being the participation of the 3 STIMO participants Gert-Jan in Nijmegen, David in Zurich and Mathieu in Lausanne!
Nieuwsbrief Sint Maartenskliniek Apr 2019 (Update in Dutch only):
De Sint-Maartenskliniek, Nijmegen lanceert een nieuwsbrief rondom zenuwstimulatie. Om deze en andere edities van de nieuwsbrief per e-mail te ontvangen, kunt u zich aanmelden via deze pagina: https://www.maartenskliniek.nl/contact-opnemen-inzake-dwarslaesierevalidatie
FranceInfo Mar 2019:
Interview on FranceInfo with Sebastian, paraplegic, who starts to walk thanks to the electric stimulation (in French)
Eurostars Feb 2019:
How Eurostars-Eureka contributes to our mission to help individuals with spinal cord injury walk again : Patient with broken spine walks again
Podcast 20 Dec 2018:
Interview in Dutch with Sjaak Deckers, CEO of GTX medical: High Tech Campus podcast
The initial results of STIMO, the safety and feasibility study with the Targeted Epidural Stimulation system in combination with over-ground robot assisted rehabilitation training for patients with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI), were published in the November 1st issues of Nature and Nature Neuroscience.
Summary of the Nature publication:
- The neurostimulation system immediately enables stepping even in patients with motor-complete paralyzed legs
- The Therapy enables activity-dependent plasticity to kick in, leading to neuro-recovery
- Recovery effects are present, even in the absence of stimulation
- The therapy can be used outside of the hospital for training and to support daily activities
Summary Nature Neuroscience publication:
- Continuous stimulation is sub-optimal for recovery of walking capabilities because it interferes with natural proprioception
- TESS preserves natural proprioception while enabling more natural and stronger stepping