November 28, 2018

For Mayo scientist, spinal-injury research is personal

By Karl Oestreich

Star Tribune
by Jeremy Olson

Peter Grahn has faced the same question for a dozen years since he dived as a reckless teen into a southwest Minnesota lake, slammed headfirst into the shallow bottom, and floated — face down and motionless — on the surface. Will I ever walk again? Turns out, he might end up as one of Star Tribune newspaper logothe first researchers in the world who can really answer it. The accident left Grahn with quadriplegia at 18 but, fueled by the lack of research at the time, he turned his life’s focus toward rehabilitative medicine and eventually became a spinal cord injury researcher at Mayo Clinic.

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Context: Spinal cord stimulation and physical therapy have helped a man paralyzed since 2013 regain his ability to stand and walk with assistance. The results, achieved in a research collaboration between Mayo Clinic and UCLA, are reported in Nature MedicineWith an implanted stimulator turned on, the man, Jered Chinnock, was able to step with a front-wheeled walker while trainers provided occasional assistance. You can learn more about the research on Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contacts:  Susan Barber LindquistRhoda Fukushima Madson

Tags: Dr. Kendall Lee, Dr. Kristin Zhao, Dr. Peter Grahn, Jered Chinnock, paralysis, physical therapy, spinal cord stimulation, Uncategorized

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