New center for spinal stimulation houses 5 labs, space for 50+ researchers

Written by Angie Stewart | January 28, 2020 | Print  |

A new center in East Hanover, N.J., is dedicated to spinal stimulation research and restoring function in people with paralysis.

Four notes:

1. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 11,000-square-foot Tim and Caroline Reynolds Center for Spinal Stimulation at Kessler Foundation took place Jan. 24.

2. With five specialized laboratories, the center provides space for more than 50 researchers. It is on the campus shared by Kessler Foundation and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.

3. Gail Forrest, PhD, was installed as the center's director. She specializes in applying electrical stimulation to spinal cord injury research.

4. Steven Kirshblum, MD, is the center's co-director. He holds multiple other titles, including senior medical officer and director of the Kessler Institute's spinal cord injury program.

"The Reynolds Center for Spinal Stimulation allows us take the lead in setting new goals for recovery after spinal cord injury," Dr. Kirshblum said in a press release. "While improving mobility is one of those goals, it is part of a bigger picture. We will also look at ways to improve spasticity, pain, control of blood pressure, cognition, fatigue, sexual function, and other complications that adversely affect the quality of life of people with spinal cord injury."

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