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December 4 / 2019

U of A-developed micro-implant could restore spinal function in patients dealing with paralysis

The research involves extensive mapping of the spinal cord and using a wire thinner than a human hair which can reach deep inside the spine and send electrical signals.

“We’re super excited about this because it’s giving hope,” said Dr. Vivian Mushahwar, who specializes in biomedical engineering.

Mushahwar led a team of U of A researchers in mapping out which parts of the spinal cord trigger the hip, knees, ankles and toes — along with the areas that put movements together.

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