Azim said that in the short-term, the findings on these key neurons could help in further refining EES.
Looking toward the future, he said, a greater understanding of how EES fosters movement recovery could help in developing even more sophisticated treatments. Technologies are advancing to the point that, ultimately, it may be possible to safely access the spinal cord and “rebuild” damaged circuits, Azim noted.
“It’s not a pipe dream,” he said.
The findings were published online Nov. 9 in the journal Nature.
The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has an overview on spinal cord injury.
SOURCES: Eiman Azim, PhD, associate professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, Calif.; Greg Nemunaitis, MD, director, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, Cleveland Clinic, and professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio; Nature, Nov. 9, 2022, online