We are thrilled to present Dr. Susan Harkema who has been a leading researcher in THE BIG IDEA clinical trials that seek to use Epidural Stimulation that would apply a continuous electrical current — at varying frequencies and intensities — to specific locations on the lower part of the spinal cord. In simpler terms, a stimulator is placed inside the body and wired to the spinal cord. The stimulator is controlled by a remote about the size of a smartphone. When the stimulator is on, commands such as "move my right leg" result in movement. In a way, the electrical pulses are "awakening" the nerve cells in the spinal cord.
She will provide an update on the clinical trials and also take your questions as part of this exclusive presentation.
Dr. Harkema is a leading researcher in the field of neurological rehabilitation, and holds the positions of Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the UofL, Rehabilitation Research Director at the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, and Director of Research at FRNC. She is the Owsley B. Frazier Rehabilitation Chair in Neurological Surgery at UofL. Dr. Harkema is currently the National Director of the NRN, a cooperative network of cutting-edge rehabilitation centers designed to provide and develop therapies to promote functional recovery and improve the overall health of people living with paralysis by translating scientific advances into effective, activity-based rehabilitation treatments. She holds a Ph.D. in physiology.