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U.S. Senate Recognizes September as "National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month"

September 1, 2015 – U.S. Senate Resolution 235, introduced by Florida Senators' Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, designates September 2015 as “National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month”. This designation is especially timely given the significant progress being made toward a cure for spinal cord injury at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  more

 

Marc Buoniconti Discovers His Beautiful Life

May 2015 - Palm Beach Post more

 

Olympic Athlete Lais Souza: A Journey Back from Injury

May 2015 - New York Times more

 

Twice Paralyzed and Mobile Again, Athlete Takes Grueling Journey from Boston to Miami

May 2015 - Tom Smith, brother Chris and Teague Egan, celebrate their arrival at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis with a champagne shower...more

 

Twice Paralyzed Tom Smith Concludes His 2100 Mile Ride From Boston to Miami at The Miami Project

May 2015 - Tom Smith, a twice paralyzed former hockey player from Swampscott, Massachusetts, arrived today at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School as he concluded The Reality Ride Challenge, a 2100 mile ride from Boston to Miami, to raise funds and awareness for The Miami Project’s spinal cord injury research programs...more

 

W. Dalton Dietrich among Award Winners

May 2015 -  The Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) is pleased to announce that noted spinal cord injury researcher W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D. and racing regulator Tom Sage were the recipients of the organization's top awards that were bestowed at the 81st Annual RCI Conference on Racing and Wagering Integrity, held last week at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tampa, Florida...more

 

Dignitaries Gather for the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The MIami Project to Cure Paralysis at University of Miami /Jackson Memorial Medical Center

April 2015 - Nick and Marc Buoniconti, University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, Jackson Health System President and CEO Carlos A. Migoya, and other dignitaries gathered today to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center...more

 

Overground Bionic Ambulation - Walking in an Exoskeleton

April 2015 - A couple years ago these battery-powered, external bodysuits designed to artificially walk people living with paralysis were launched onto the market; henceforth known as bionic exoskeletons.  They were cool devices designed by amazing engineers.  The question, however, was “what are they good for?”...more

 

Doctors Bunge and Bixby Publish a Paper in SCIENCE that Demonstrates Positive Results for Spinal Cord Repair

March 2015 – Doctors John Bixby, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Research, Professor, Departments of Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology, Neurological Surgery and The  Miami Project, Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., Christine E. Lynn Distinguished Professor in Neuroscience, Professor, Cell Biology, Neurological Surgery, Neurology and The Miami Project...more

 

Deep Brain Stimulation After SCI

March 2015 - Deep brain stimulation (DBS) involves a surgical procedure to implant a “brain pacemaker”, which is a device that sends different patterns of electrical stimulation to particular regions of the brain...more   

 

5th Annual Community Open House - April 11, 2015

March 2015 - The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis is proud to host its’ 5th annual Community Open House event on April 11, 2015...more   

 

New Schwann Cell Clinical Trial for Chronic SCI is open

February 2015 – At long last, we have begun our first clinical trial testing autologous human Schwann cell (ahSC) transplantation in people living with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI).  This is also a Phase I trial focused on safety and feasibility outcomes...more

 

Miami Project Doctors Transplant First Participant in StemCells, Inc. Pathway Study

Phase II trial the first study to assess efficacy of neural stem cells in cervical spinal cord injury

December 18, 2014 Allan D. Levi, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., Robert M. Buck Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine transplanted the first subject in the Phase II Pathway® study assessing the efficacy of StemCells, Inc.’s proprietary human neural stem cells, HuCNS-SC®, for the treatment of cervical spinal cord injuries (SCI)...more

 

Three MIami Project Researchers Earn NINDS Fellowships

December 2014 – To support the career development of neuroscientists, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke provides National Research Service Award predoctoral training fellowships to promising students with the potential to become productive, independent investigators, and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis recently was fortunate to receive three of these fellowships...more

 

Dr. Barth A. Green Celebrates 20 Years as Chairman of Neurological Surgery at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

November 2014 – Dr. Barth A. Green, professor and chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery, recently celebrated 20 years as Chair with more than 200 of his colleagues, family and friends...more

 

New Research Findings Regarding Axon Sprouting After Spinal Injury

November 2014 - Two Miami Project faculty, Jae Lee, Ph.D. and Kevin Park, Ph.D., recently published new animal research results in the prestigious scientific journal Journal of Neuroscience...more

 

Schwann Cell Clinical Trial for Chronic SCI Approved by the FDA

October 2014 The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to proceed with a Phase I clinical trial to evaluate the safety of autologous human Schwann cell transplantation in the chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) setting...more

 

StemCells, Inc. Phase II Clinical Trial for Cervical SCI

October 2014 Drs. Allan Levi, Kim Anderson, and Diana Cardenas of The Miami Project and several other University of Miami faculty members are the first site to begin participating in the new Pathway Study sponsored by StemCells, Inc...more

 

Walk to School Day at Hibiscus Elementary

October 2014 – The WalkSafe® Program and Hibiscus Elementary co-hosted Walk To School Day– an international and nationally celebrated event – on October 8 along with special guests to advocate for safety and health...more

 

Novel Stem Cell Trial for Cervical Spinal Cord Injury to Start with the Miller School's Miami Project

October 2014A novel clinical trial using human neural stem cells for the treatment of cervical spinal cord injury is beginnign at the Miller School of Medicine. Allan D. Levi, M.D., Ph.D, professor and Robert M. Buck Distinguished Chair in Neurological Surgery, is the principal investigator of the Pathway® Study, which is the first clinical study designed to evaluate both the safety and efficacy of transplanting stem cells into patients with traumatic injury to the cervical spinal cord...more

 

U.S. Senate Recognizes September as "National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month"

Designation Builds Support for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

September 2014U.S. Senate Resolution 533, introduced by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, designates September 2014 as “National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month”...more

 

Recent Research Progress at The Miami Project

August 2014We have obtained five FDA-approved clinical trials targeting spinal cord injury...more

 

Clinical Study Spotlight -- Experience with Pain and SCI

August 2014Dr. Eva Widerström-Noga has been studying chronic pain for over 20 years as well, with an emphasis on SCI since 1996.  More than two-thirds of individuals living with SCI experience chronic, persistent pain...more

 

Stem Cells, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

July 2014We have written several articles in the past few years about stem cells and their potential as therapeutics for spinal cord injury (SCI).  There is still confusion about stem cells and recently there has been some good, bad, and downright ugly information coming to light...more

 

Clinical Study Spotlight -- Male Fertility

July 2014Dr. Nancy Brackett has been heading up the male fertility research program for over 20 years and has led the field in discoveries regarding the mechanisms underlying SCI-induced male infertility.  Many years of research have revealed
that SCI impairs the motility of sperm...more

 

Miami Project Researcher Attends White House Concussion Conference

June 2014Gillian Hotz, Ph.D., research professor of neurological surgery, Director of the UHealth Sports Medicine Concussion Program and of several programs at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, attended the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit on May 29. Joining her were young athletes, coaches, parents, NFL players, military representatives and other stakeholders...more

 

Dr. Mary Bartlett Bunge Among Many Honored at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's Healthcare Heroes Awards Luncheon

May 20, 2014 – An audience of more than 500 healthcare and business leaders cheered as Miller School Dean Emeritus Bernard J. Fogel, M.D., received the AXA Advisors Lifetime Achievement Award at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Heroes Awards Luncheon, held on May 20 in Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom...more

 

Discovery Scientists from The Miami Project Receive NIH Funding to Move a Novel Therapy Forward

April 2014 - A major goal of discovery research is to identify novel therapeutic targets for treating human diseases.  Lead by Dr. Robert Keane of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics with colleagues in The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a new $1.6 million dollar small business award from NINDS entitled “Therapeutic Neutralization of the Inflammasome after Spinal Cord Injury” has been received to test a new anti-inflammatory antibody treatment for the devastating consequences of human spinal cord injury (SCI)...more

 

Hundreds of School Children Attend the 5th Annual Brain Fair at The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

March 2014 - Hundreds of school children and University of Miami scientists celebrated Brain Awareness Week at the Miami Brain Fair 2014 on Saturday, March 22, at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science at 3280 South Miami Ave in Miami.  This science event annual educates children of all ages about how the brain works with fun, interactive activities...more

 

Dr. Allan Levi Performs the World's First Nerve Graft Using a Patient's Own Cells to Try to Repair a Severe Peripheral Nerve Injury

October 2013 - Dr. Allan Levi, director of clinical research at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis recently performed the world’s first nerve graft using a combination of a patient’s own nerve and her own Schwann cells in an attempt to repair a severely injured sciatic nerve. The FDA approved study took place at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital...more

 

Dr. Mary Barlett Bunge Elected to the Institute of Medicine

October 2013 – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) today announced that Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., Professor, Cell Biology, Neurological Surgery and Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis was elected as a member.  Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service..more

 

The Miami Project Launches PSA Campaign to Increase Road Safety

July 9, 2013 -- Don Shula, NFL Hall of Fame Coach, and Emilio Estefan, Grammy award-winning musician and producer, have partnered with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis to raise awareness of the dangers of red-light running. In a recent PSA video TheMiamiProject.org/RedLightCamera, Shula, Estefan and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis share their support for red-light safety cameras as proven tools to help reduce life-threatening collisions and enhance road safety...more

 

Miami Project Researchers Receive New Defense Funding for Axon Regeneration and Spinal Cord Injury Research

June 2013 – A consortium of discovery science researchers within The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis has received a $2.5 million, 18-month grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. Titled “U.S. Army Battlefield Exercise & Combat Related SCI,” the award will enable the investigation of new treatments for spinal cord injury (SCI)...more
 

Miami Project Researchers Publish Six-Year Findings on Use of Mild Hypothermia for Acute Spinal Cord Injury

March 2013 – Researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis have published six-year findings in the journal Spinal Cord, the official journal of the International Spinal Cord Society, that provide additional evidence that the use of mild hypothermia is a safe and effective strategy for treating acute spinal cord injuries...more


The John M. and Jocelyn H.K. Watkins Distinguished Chair in Cell Therapies Established at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine 

January 30, 2013 – The Miami Project at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine announced the establishment of The John M. and Jocelyn H.K. Watkins Distinguished Chair in Cell Therapies at a celebratory dinner at The Miami Project on Tuesday, January 29th.  The Chair, to be named in the near future, will be used to support a leading researcher in cell therapies as part of The Miami Project’s mission of finding solutions to the problems of spinal cord and brain injuries...more

 

Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Doctors Perform First Schwann Cell Transplant for Spinal Cord Injury

January 23, 2013 - Doctors at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, performed the first-ever Food and Drug Administration approved Schwann cell transplantation in a patient with a new spinal cord injury. The procedure, performed at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, is a Phase 1 clinical trial designed to evaluate the safety and feasibility of transplanting the patient’s own Schwann cells...more


 

 

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