A decade of research

After more than ten years of multidisciplinary research in animal models, we developed an intervention that restored voluntary control of the legs after a spinal cord injury leading to complete paralysis. The therapy acts over two timescales. In the short term, electrical stimulation of the lumbar spinal cord reawakens the neuronal circuits that coordinate leg movements. In the long-term, rehabilitation enabled by this stimulation and cutting-edge gravity assistance promotes a reorganization of neuronal pathways. This rewiring restores voluntary control of locomotor functions.

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Using the ability of the brain to repair itself

Our combination of electrical spinal cord stimulation and gravity-assisted physical training exploits the intrinsic ability of the central nervous system to reorganize after injury. This therapy enables and guides the remodeling of neural circuits, thus helping the brain to help itself.