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Director, Purdue University Center
for Paralysis Research
ichard Borgens, Ph.D., decided to devote his life
to the treatment of spinal cord injuries after
receiving a postdoctoral fellowship from the
National Paraplegia Foundation for study at Yale
University. He attended the foundation's annual
convention and saw several hundred people in
"A lot of them were in bad shape," says Borgens,
who earned his bachelor's degree in psychology
and master's degree in biology from UNT.
After completing the fellowship, Borgens
returned to Purdue University, where he had
earned his doctoral degree. He founded the univer-
sity's Center for Paralysis Research in 1987.
The center recently received FDA approval to
implant devices producing weak electrical fields -
about 1/250,000 of a volt - into humans with
spinal cord injuries. Situated near the area of an
injury, the device, known as an extraspinal oscil-
lating field stimulator (OFS), will help to regenerate
and guide growth in the damaged nerves. It will
stay in the body for 14 weeks, with the electrical
flow periodically reversed to guide nerve growth in
"Our bodies produce natural electrical fields that
control growth and development. OFS units provide
a way to generate growth when the natural fields
are disrupted through nerve injury," Borgens says.
Sponsors of recent research
A complete list can be found at www.unt.edu!resource
s ndministercd by /the Office of
Ames National Laboratory
Centers for Disease Control
National Aeronautics and
National Center for
for the Arts
for the Humanities
National Institute of lustice
National Institute for
Occu national Safety and
National Institutes of He calth
National Park Service
National Science Foundation
National Security Agency
National Youth Sports Program
Sandia National Laboratory
LU.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Commerce
LL.S. Department of Defense
LU.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Health and
LI.S. Department of Housing
and Llrban Development
LI.S. Department of Justice
LI.S. Department of State
LU.S. Environmental Protection
LI.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Institute of Peace
LI.S. Office of the Attorney
US. Olympic Commiittee
Private industry and
Access Pharmaceutical Inc.
Alcoholic Beverage Medical
Alcon Research Ltd.
American Alliance for Health,
Recreation and Dance
American Association of
Colleges for Teacher
American Cancer Society
American Chemical Society
Ameinic a Couiici of Learned
American String Teachers
Association for the
Advancement of Applied
Association for Play
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Bill and Melinda Gates
Center on Crime, Communities
Chevron Community Grants
CORAL Engertics Inc.
Dallas Public Library
Dallas Women's Foundation
Denton Benefit League
Dow Chemical Co.
Eastman Kodak Co.
Education Trust inc.
Edward and Betty Marcus
Flow Health Care
Greater Denton Arts Council
Society of North America
Institute of Museum and
International Paper Co.
International Textiles and
I. Paul Getty Trust
John Ic pieton FC)ounllation
KERA 13 KDTN2 Public
March of Dimes
National Academy cf
Recording Arts and Sciences
Borgens and his researchers first tested OFS
units on 13 dogs paralyzed by natural causes.
Seven of the dogs were walking within six months
of receiving the implants, and two walked as well
as healthy dogs.
Research director, Texas Cancer Care
t Texas Cancer Care in Fort Worth, Ray Page,
D.O., Ph.D., brings his love of research and
medicine to a clinical research practice that
attracts some of the nation's leading studies of
new drug therapies.
"The therapies we have available to our TCC
patients are amazing," Page says. "This is the stuff
you could usually only get at a large academic
Page, who earned his degrees in osteopathic
medicine and pharmacology from the UNT Health
Science Center at Fort Worth in 1991, started the
clinical research program at Texas Cancer Care in
1998. The clinic now offers pharmaceutical and
government agencies one of the largest clinical
oncology patient bases available in one setting for
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