Camila R. Battistuzzo

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KEY POINTS Exercise training after spinal cord injury (SCI) enhances collateral sprouting from axons near the injury and is thought to promote intraspinal circuit reorganisation that effectively bridges the SCI. The effects of exercise training, and its duration, on interneurons in these de novo intraspinal circuits are poorly understood. In an adult mouse(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies in rodents with complete spinal cord transections have demonstrated that treadmill training improves stepping movements. However, results from studies in incomplete spinal cord injured animals have been conflicting and questions regarding the training dosage after injury remain unresolved. OBJECTIVES To assess the effects of(More)
In the early 1980s experiments on spinalized cats showed that exercise training on the treadmill could enhance locomotor recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI). In this review, we summarize the evidence for the effectiveness of exercise training aimed at promoting locomotor recovery in animal models of SCI. We performed a systematic search of the(More)
BACKGROUND The use of early decompression in the management of acute spinal cord injury (SCI) remains contentious despite many pre-clinical studies demonstrating benefits and a small number of supportive clinical studies. Although the pre-clinical literature favours the concept of early decompression, translation is hindered by uncertainties regarding(More)
INTRODUCTION Treadmill training is known to prevent muscle atrophy after spinal cord injury (SCI), but the training duration required to optimize recovery has not been investigated. METHODS Hemisected mice were randomized to 3, 6, or 9 weeks of training or no training. Muscle fiber type composition and fiber cross-sectional area (CSA) of medial(More)
Clinical trials evaluating early therapies after spinal cord injury (SCI) are challenging because of the absence of a rapid assessment. The aim of this study was to determine whether the severity and level of SCI could be established from a brief neurological assessment capable of being used in an emergency setting. A brief assessment called the SPinal(More)
Early decompression may improve neurological outcome after spinal cord injury (SCI), but is often difficult to achieve because of logistical issues. The aims of this study were to 1) determine the time to decompression in cases of isolated cervical SCI in Australia and New Zealand and 2) determine where substantial delays occur as patients move from the(More)
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