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Targeted stimulation of the spinal cord to restore locomotor activity

Nature Medicine volume 22, pages 125126 (2016) | Download Citation

A new study has located 'hot spots' in the rat spinal cord that are associated with leg flexion and extension in rats. Electrical stimulation applied in an alternating pattern between these hot spots facilitated locomotion after the hindlimbs were paralyzed as a result of spinal cord injury (SCI).

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  1. Arthur Prochazka is in the School of Molecular & Systems Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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