Special Issue "Spinal Cord Injury and Transcutaneous Spinal Cord Stimulation"

A special issue of Journal of Clinical Medicine (ISSN 2077-0383). This special issue belongs to the section "Clinical Neurology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ursula S. Hofstoetter
Guest Editor
Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Interests: human spinal locomotor circuits; multiple sclerosis; neural control of movement; neuromodulation; neurorehabilitation; spinal cord; spinal cord injury; spinal cord stimulation
Dr. Karen Minassian
Guest Editor
Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Interests: catecholaminergic system; central pattern generator; electrophysiology; epidural electrical stimulation; locomotion; neuromodulation; spinal cord physiology; spinal cord injury

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent research of epidural and transcutaneous electrical spinal cord stimulation has demonstrated unprecedented improvements in motor function thought to be irreversibly lost due to chronic, severe spinal cord injury. Studies in parallel assess these methods for spasticity management as an alternative to medications that are often accompanied by deleterious side effects. As a noninvasive intervention, transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation holds the great potential to find its way into wide clinical application. Its firm establishment and lasting acceptance as clinical practice in spinal cord injury will not only hinge on the demonstration of safety and efficacy, but also on the delineation of a conceptual framework of the underlying physiological mechanisms. This will also require advancing our understanding of immediate and temporary effects of transcutaneous spinal cord on neuronal circuits in the intact and injured spinal cord. The purpose of the present Special Issue is to bring together peers in the field to share—and eventually fuse—their pertinent research into current neurorehabilitation practice by providing a clinical perspective and novel insights into the underlying mechanisms.

Dr. Ursula S. Hofstoetter
Dr. Karen Minassian
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Human
  • Locomotion
  • Neuromodulation
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Non-invasive
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal cord circuits
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal reflexes
  • Transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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