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CELL TRANSPLANTATIONNEUROREGENERATION
Cell transplantation therapies could provide potential benefit by replacing lost neurons, promoting regeneration of existing neurons, and filling in the spinal cord cavity to minimize further damage and inflammation.
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Neuroregeneration research is aimed at promoting the regrowth and repair of nervous system tissues.  This includes the generation of new neuronal cells as well as promoting axon regrowth and remyelination of damaged neurons.
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EXERCISE SCIENCENUTRITION
Researchers interested in exercise science study how particpating in exercise and physical activity influences health and function.
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Several Miami Project researchers are evaluating the role nutrition and nutritional supplements may have on improving function after spinal cord injury.
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FERTILITYPAIN

Researchers at The Miami Project are studying the potential causes of infertility among men who have sustained a spinal cord injury.  Most men, but typically not women, experience infertility.
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Many people with spinal cord injury experience long-lasting pain that can be severe and debilitating.  Miami Project researchers are examining the effects that neuropathic pain has on individuals' daily lives.
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NEUROPHYSIOLOGYREHABILITATION
Research in the area of neurophysiology focuses on how the nervous system functions.  Scientists at The Miami Project use neurophysiological tests to investigate impulses between nerve cells and their communication with muscles to control voluntary movement.
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Rehabilitation studies at The Miami Project are aimed at designing and evaluating therapies that focus on retraining the nervous system to improve motor function.  Ongoing clinical research has focused on therapies to improve hand function as well as the use of body weight support and treadmill training combined with electrical stimulation to promote walking.
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NEUROPLASTICITYSPASTICITY
Neuroplasticity is the nervous system's ability to adapt its structure and reorganize itself to form new neural pathways.  This ability is how an uninjured area of the brain can compensate for functions controlled by an injured area.
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Spasticity is a common complication following spinal cord injury, and can interfere with daily activities and affect the quality of life.  Miami Project scientists are conducting basic research to characterize the involuntary muscle activity (spasms) seen in people after spinal cord injury.
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NEUROPROTECTIONTRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Researchers at The Miami Project are identifying the early and progressive injury processes that occur after spinal cord injury and result in irreversible damage.  By understanding the cellular and molecular basis of neuronal death after spinal cord injury, Miami Project scientists work to develop therapies to prevent the progressive injury damage that occurs in the hours, weeks, and months after injury.
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A team of researchers at The Miami Project study the pathological changes in the brain after injury because many mechanisms of injury are common to both traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.  Successful therapies for brain injury are showing potential for spinal cord injury.
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