Project Edge aims for a cure
The opening of the Sargood on Collaroy will succeed another Australian milestone in the SCI community. In mid-September 2016 UCLA-based neuroscientist Reggie Edgerton presented his latest discoveries and Project Edge at a research funding event at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Edgerton and his team recently have managed to re-awaken the spinal cord and successfully restore feeling and function to over 20 paralyzed people using neurostimulation. It is believed to be the first time voluntary leg movements have ever been relearned in completely paralyzed patients without surgery. Project Edge is the next step in building on these results and a partnership between Edgerton and Bryce Vissel, Professor of Neuroscience at the UTS in close collaboration with SpinalCure Australia and Spinal Cord Injuries Australia.
“After meeting with Bryce and the team at UTS, I came to the view that UTS is the only program, worldwide, that together with our established program in the US, has the capacity, commitment, breadth of expertise and community support to develop the technology and take it forward to the next phase” Edgerton said at the official launch of the partnership, according to UTS Newsroom.
His partner Prof. Vissel commented: “Every day in Australia another person is paralyzed from a spinal injury due to a vehicle accident, sporting injury or simple fall. Promising therapies such as Prof. Edgerton’s, will finally be tested with people here, who so desperately need them. We will take a multi-disciplinary approach and collaborate with a broad range of scientists, designers and engineers at UTS to deliver real solutions.”