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Restoring Lives: How 3-D Mapping of the Spinal Cord Can Improve Patient Outcomes 

More than 1.4 million Americans are living with spinal cord injuries, the second leading cause of paralysis in the United States (after stroke). These injuries cause tremendous disability and cost billions of dollars annually to treat. Today, when a person suffers a spinal cord injury, physicians focus on alleviating pain and stabilizing the bones around the damage. The spinal cord itself isn’t targeted since it’s considered irreparable. As such, most victims have little hope of ever walking again.


But what if that could change?  What if paralyzed patients could walk again? 


These are questions that drive Seattle Science Foundation clinicians and researchers, Dr. Rod Oskouian and Dr. Shane Tubbs, who have embarked on a bold 5-year, $15 million initiative to create a comprehensive 3-dimensional spinal cord atlas. The goal of this ambitious multi-tiered project is to provide a GPS of the spinal cord that will allow for highly specific views of each layer of the spinal cord and its microcircuitry. With access to the spinal cord’s inter-networking, physicians could place discreet electrodes into eloquent nuclei of the cord with a precision that would allow for stimulation of specific muscles, hopefully affording movement that patients lost with their injuries. 

Life Science Washington is delighted to welcome Drs. Oskouian and Tubbs to LSINW 2018 to speak about their exciting and innovative research. We are also thrilled to welcome Mr. Eric Luttio, a spinal cord injury patient with paraplegia, who will speak about his own experiences and why he’s working with the Seattle Science Foundation to advance the 3-Dimensional Spinal Cord Atlas Project.


Learn more about the 3-Dimensional Spinal Cord Atlas Project and the Seattle Science Foundation








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