Research being conducted within TAMSCI is exploring the biological processes that fuel tissue loss after spinal cord injury (SCI) and how this can be prevented. On-going work is seeking new treatments to replace damaged tissue and develop innovative solutions to promote function. Work within TAMSCI spans multiple levels of analysis, from developing new techniques to image tissue loss to factors affecting wellbeing and quality of life for those living with SCI. Some recent new discoveries by TAMSCI faculty are listed below.
We have shown that nociceptive input after a lower thoracic contusion injury in rats enhances the infiltration of red blood cells at the site of injury, producing an area of hemorrhage that expands secondary injury, and impairs long-term recovery.