NI Research (NIR) has released the March/April issue of NeuroPerspective, which features comprehensive reviews of two major areas: Schizophrenia and Spinal Cord Injury.
Both of these disorders devastate individuals who are in, or approaching, the prime of adulthood, derailing them from living life to their full potential. Psychiatry has been able to treat the hallucinations and delusions of schizophrenia with some success, but has yet to effectively address the damage done to cognitive capability and motivational drive. There are now several programs squarely focused upon improving the cognitive functioning of those with schizophrenia, and some work aims to identify and address the underlying pathophysiological roots of the disease, with a particular focus upon the role of neuroinflammation.
While SCI is much smaller scale in terms of population size, its salience is outsized due to the personal cost suffered by those experiencing spinal cord injury, and the enormous costs of care after-the-fact. It is only recently that electrical stimulation and rehabilitation programming has begun to provide some hint of functional benefit, now protective and regenerative therapies are regaining center stage in SCI research.Read More