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MODELING INCOMPLETE CERVICAL SPINAL CORD INJURY IN RATS TO EXPLORE MECHANISMS OF REHABILITATIVE TRAINING

  • Author / Creator
    Hurd, Caitlin L
  • Although limited functional recovery is observed following spinal cord injury (SCI), the most successful approach to promote recovery to date has been rehabilitative training. However, the effects of training are not stunning. With a thorough understanding of the intracellular mechanisms involved in training- induced recovery as well as a re-evaluation of the animal models used, it may be possible to enhance training efficacy following SCI. This thesis describes a study in which the cyclic AMP/protein kinase A intracellular signaling pathway was inhibited throughout rehabilitative reaching training in a rat model of incomplete cervical SCI to characterize its role in training-induced recovery. Additionally, a re-evaluation of a single pellet skilled reaching test is described in which an animal model of rehabilitative training and reaching recovery is analyzed. These data contribute to our understanding of rehabilitative training in animal models of SCI and may lead to greater improvements in this treatment approach.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3251FT54
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Centre for Neuroscience
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Fouad, Karim (Rehabilitation Medicine)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Smith, Peter (Pharmacology)
    • Gorassini, Monica (Biomedical Engineering)
    • Bennett, David (Rehabilitation Medicine)
    • Ali, Declan (Biological Sciences)