Spinal Cord Injury and Paralysis

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Dr. Steve Williams, Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, and Alexandra Reeve Givens, Christopher Reeve's daughter and Board Member of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, discuss spinal cord injuries, living with paralysis, and advances in medicine that may lead to better treatment and quality of life for those paralyzed by spinal cord injury.


Alexandra Reeve Givens, and Dr. Steve Williams
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Comments [3]


Very disappointing to listen to. It sounds as if repairing the spinal cord is still a concept and not a reality. Fortunately, their tone and opinions don't accurately reflect the progress that is being made toward a cure. The briefly mentioned Geron corp. is the first and only group who's planning to conduct real human clinical trials to cure acute spinal cord injuries. With positive results, chronic sci won't be far behind.

Jul. 23 2009 10:42 PM
Carol from nj

re the incidence of spinal cord injuries in poor communities - it's not jumping on beds or falling off ladders, it's the disproportionate number of people injured by gunshot.

Jul. 14 2009 01:53 PM
William Sniger, M.D. from Boston, MA

I am a physician who is board-certified in SCI Medicine and also spinal cord injured myself. I have found it extremely difficult to find employment despite my education, training and experience. Do you feel that this field and patients with SCI would benefit from having more doctors like myself and if so, what is being done to encourage such inclusion?

Jul. 14 2009 11:54 AM

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