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 his team are different because his approach has demonstrated for the first time a functional and long-lasting recovery, even in the absence of stimulation. Moreover, he has founded GTX Medical, a company that is developing a device 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 this product with:
- Optimized paddle lead to stimulate targeted regions of the spinal cord
- Novel electronics with precise timing to adjust the mild electrical pulses, and
- A simple remote control for easy everyday use
The development and testing of such a system is complex and time-consuming. It takes many years before such devices are approved and can be sold. In the coming years, GTX Medical will collaborate with leading rehabilitation centers in Europe and in the United States to test this novel therapy. If you are a person with a spinal cord injury, and are interested in this therapy, we encourage you to discuss this with your own physician or contact one of the centers that will be involved in future studies. We will provide the contact details of the participating medical facilities on our website when available. In the future, we may use Newsletters to inform you about our progress, to find volunteers for clinical trials, etc. If you are interested to stay informed, we invite you to fill out the registration form.