Measuring spinal cord activity in health and disease
Spinal cord injury or an enhanced sensitivity of spinal cord neurons causes chronic pain. Effective pain management demands a better understanding of the electrophysiological changes that occur at spinal cord level. The EU-funded SpinRec project aims to resolve this issue by developing a non-invasive approach capable of measuring the electrical activity of human spinal neurons. The generated electrospinogram (ESG) will be compatible with brain activity measurements, offering a new way of assessing the spinal cord–brain axis in health and disease. Long term, this tool will enable the early diagnosis and stratification of spinal cord injury patients and those suffering from chronic pain.
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