Local Research, Global Results
at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin, Medical College of Wisconsin physicians and scientists are committed to finding new ways to diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases and disorders.
This commitment, which distinguishes an academic medical center, is an
important advantage for patients who receive care here. The following are examples of current clinical trials at Froedtert & The Medical College.
For information, call 414-805-3666 or 800-272-3666 or visit froedtert.com/clinicaltrials
Groundbreaking Spinal-Cord Injury Trials Begun
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roedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin are among a handful of institutions in the United States conducting groundbreaking clinical trials aimed at helping people paralyzed by spinal-cord injuries to regain neurological function.
One study is among the first to investigate whether stem-cell injections can reactivate dormant spinal-cord nerves. “The trial involves paraplegics and quadriplegics with 1- to 2-year-old injuries,” said Shekar Kurpad, MD, PhD, a
Medical College of Wisconsin neurosurgeon and principal investigator. Another study, being investigated by Dennis Maiman, MD, PhD, a Medical College of Wisconsin neurosurgeon, is looking
at whether spinal-cord patients who receive daily injections of a new drug right after the injury can recover nerve function. Froedtert & The Medical College’s 25-year-old Spinal Cord Injury Center offers comprehensive interdisciplinary care
for individuals with traumatic and nontraumatic spinal cord injury. The center is one of 24 facilities in the United States and the only privately run center in Wisconsin to receive specialty accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities as a spinal cord system of care for adults, children and adolescents.
“We coordinate a wide array of patient services, from surgery to inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation to structured,
ongoing follow-up care,” said Donna Johnson, BSN, RN, program coordinator. The center also runs programs designed to help prevent spinal cord injuries from occurring. n
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