September 08, 2016
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AOSPINE North America enrolls 50th patient for spinal cord injury trial

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AOSPINE North America has enrolled 50 patients for a clinical trial on the efficacy and safety of riluzole for patients with acute spinal cord injury, according to a press release.

Riluzole is FDA approved for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The level 1 study will assess whether the treatment will improve recovery following spinal cord injury compared with placebo. The early-stage trial reportedly indicated riluzole as safe and well tolerated in patients in an acute setting.

The trial reportedly is the largest spinal cord injury clinical research effort and includes more than 20 top-ranked Australian, Canadian and American universities. The research is funded by the AO Foundation, the U.S. government, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and Rick Hansen Institute, according to the release. Leaders of the study include Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD, professor and vice-chairman of neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, and Robert Grossman, MD, professor of neurosurgery at the Institute for Academic Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital.