This video was realized for the 2015 Dutch Medical Inspirator competition. Our team (endParalysis foundation teaming up with the Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience – NIN.nl – Prof. Joost Verhaagen) was pre- selected as a participant in the competition in April 2015, was then chosen as a finalist out of the 12 pre-selected participants and ended up in the second place of the finals (Oct-Dec 2015).
This video describes our research project:
Almost 3 million people worldwide live with a spinal cord injury. So does Jamie. He is 5 years old and was paralyzed in a car accident. What if, one day, he could walk, play, dance again?
Laboratory studies have repeatedly shown that the Chondroitinase enzyme/protein can contribute to recovery after spinal injury. Among other effects, it helps dissolve the scar tissue that forms in the spinal cord after a lesion and promotes regeneration. Spinal Research (UK), who partners with the endParalysis foundation, has initiated a program to ready the therapy for human trials. One of the challenges is administering the enzyme to the human spinal cord safely and effectively. The Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience is working together with other labs in the UK to develop a vector (a carrier) that will enable a very precise and controlled delivery.
Credits: Ernst ter Horst – www.ernstmedia.nl
May 2015: This is the video that we made to illustrate our “Medische Inspirator” project, and which was part of our application. EndParalysis joined the Zon-Mw competition along with Prof. Verhaagen (Neuroscience Institute, Amsterdam) featuring our cooperation on the Chondroitinase project.
May 2014 – Why end paralysis? Credit: endParalysis foundation.