Invivo Therapeutics adds University of Louiseville Hospital to INSPIRE study


The University of Louisville (UofL) Hospital in Louisville, USA has been added as a clinical site for The INSPIRE Study: InVivo Study of Probable Benefit of the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold for Safety and Neurologic Recovery in Subjects with Complete Thoracic AIS (American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale) A Spinal Cord Injury.

The University of Louisville is both a clinical site and the Data Management Center for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s North American Clinical Trials Network for the Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury (NACTN), which is the nation’s largest research network for spinal cord injury. UofL Hospital (a part of KentuckyOne Health) is the Louisville metro area’s only level I trauma centre.

 “I can appreciate the enormous unmet medical need presented by spinal cord injury, from both my experience as a practicing neurosurgeon and as a pharmacoeconomics researcher. I look forward to participating in this exciting study,” said Maxwell Boakye, chief of Spinal Neurosurgery and Clinical Director of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Center, associate professor of neurological surgery and holder of the Ole A, Mabel Wise & Wilma Wise Nelson Endowed Research Chair at UofL, and the site principal investigator.

Mark Perrin, InVivo’s chief executive officer and chairman, said, “The hospital’s large catchment area and Boakye’s extensive expertise with leading spinal cord injury trials as part of NACTN will prove to be invaluable as we continue enrolment.”

There are now 17 US clinical sites participating in the clinical study:

Banner University Medical Center, Tucson

Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center, St. Louis

Barrow Neurological Institute – St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix

Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates/Carolinas Rehabilitation, Charlotte

Cooper Neurological Institute, Camden

Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine /Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center, Indianapolis

Keck Hospital of University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Medical College of Wisconsin/Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee

Mount Sinai Hospital, New York

Oregon Health & Science University, Portland

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark

University of California/Davis Medical Center, Sacramento

University of California/San Diego Medical Center, San Diego

University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City

University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian, Pittsburgh

Vidant Medical Center, Greenville