Every day, we read in the newspapers about breakthrough medical solutions and discoveries. Most of them are years away from standard medical practices, therefore we tend to forget about them.
Thousands of scientists around the world are involved in research to find treatments for spinal cord injury. The recent publications in Nature and Nature Neuroscience from Prof. Grégoire Courtine and the team working with him are different because their approach has demonstrated for the first time a functional and long-lasting recovery, even in the absence of stimulation. Moreover, Prof. Courtine founded GTX medical, a company that is developing devices designed for providing this therapy to people with spinal cord injury. Over 50 engineers and scientists in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) and Lausanne (Switzerland) are developing these products featuring:
- Optimized paddle lead to stimulate targeted regions of the spinal cord
- Novel electronics with precise timing to adjust the mild electrical pulses
- A simple remote control for easy everyday use