Dr. Satkunendrarajah, from the Fehling's Lab Canada, is using animal models to understand how the electrical connections of the spinal cord are disrupted in CSM
What are you working on at the moment?
There is now evidence to show CSM patients are more likely to suffer breathing related illnesses, such as pneumonia and atelectasis (partial or complete collapse of the lung). (3) (4) This may correlate with the severity and level of cord compression.
Why does this excite you?
1. SK Karadimas et al. Riluzole blocks perioperative ischemia-reperfusion injury and enhances post decompression outcomes in cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Sci Trans Med 02 Dec 2015: 316ra194
2. SK Karadimas et al. A novel experimental model of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) to facilitate translational research. Neurobiol Dis. 2013 Jun;54:43-583. Toyoda, H et al. Does chronic cervical myelopathy affect respiratory function? J Neurosurg Spine 1:175-178.
4. Gelaye, A et al. Difficult-to-wean: High index of suspicion. Am J Case Rep 2014 15:163-167.
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