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Below you will find headlines and summaries from past media clips and press releases relating to The Miami Project. Click on the link following the summary to read the entire article or release.

 

2012

NFL Charities Awards Sports Medical Research Grant to The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

September 11, 2012 – NFL Charities, the charitable foundation of the National Football League owners, has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to support sports-related medical research at 15 organizations, including the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the NFL announced today.  Of these grants, more than $950,000 will go to studying concussion prevention and treatment...more

 

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

Designation Builds Support for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

September 1, 2012 – U.S. Senate Resolution 531, introduced by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida designates September 2012 as “National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month”. This designation is especially timely given the progress being made toward a cure for spinal cord injury at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis...more

 

FDA Gives Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Green Light to Begin Human Clinical Trial
Study Represents New Hope for Treating Spinal Cord Injury 

July 31, 2012 — The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received permission from the Food and Drug Administration to begin a revolutionary Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety of transplanting human Schwann cells to treat patients with recent spinal cord injuries...more

 

Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., Feted for Her Many Accomplishments, Including Renewal of 39-Year-Old Schwann Cell Grant

July 2012— Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., and colleagues, recently learned that the Bunge-Wood-Monje Laboratory’s 39-year old NIH grant to investigate Schwann cell biology and transplantation would be funded for another five years...more 

 

The Toral Family Foundation Helps The Miami Project Raise Awareness of Summertime's Increased Risk for Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries 

July 2012— As summertime kicks into high gear so does the occurrence of serious brain and spinal cord injuries among children and adolescents, warn leading doctors at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine...more

 

The Miami Project / Miller School Researchers Receive $2.5 Million Grant to Create Database for Nerve Regeneration and Protection

July 2012 - With the ultimate goal of accelerating the discovery of drugs to regenerate or protect nerves after spinal cord injury, Miller School researchers have received a $2.5 million grant to develop a novel database to enable neuroscientists to search the voluminous and growing number of studies related to nervous system repair, and link relevant data from those studies to other resources...more

 

Dr. Kevin K. Park Selected as 2012 Pew Scholar in the Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences

PHILADELPHIA – June 14, 2012 —Twenty-two of the nation’s most innovative young researchers, including Dr. Kevin Park assistant professor, Department of Neurological Surgery and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, were named Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts today. The Scholars join a prestigious community that includes Nobel Prize winners, MacArthur Fellows, and recipients of the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award...more

 

Thousands of School Children Attend the 3rd Annual Brain Fair 2012 at the Miami Science Museum

March 17, 2012 - Thousands of school children and University of Miami scientists celebrated Brain Awareness Week at the Brain Fair 2012 on Saturday, March 17, at the downtown Miami Science Museum.  This free science event educated children of all ages about how the brain works with hands on activities...more

 

Read This Article for Great Insight from W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Scientific Director of The Miami Project

March 14, 2012 - Read now.

 

CBS Miami's CEO Corner, a Spotlight on Marc Buoniconti of The Miami Project

February 1, 2012 - Watch now.

 

Dr. Kim Anderson-Erisman Comments on Exoskeleton Use

January 2012 - Dr. Kim Anderson-Erisman, Education Director for The Miami Project commented on this recent story regarding exoskelton use by the SCI community...more

 

 

2011

Back on Board: Kevin Pearce Snowboards for the First Time Since Brain Injury

December 2011 - The Miami Project's own Dr. Ross Bullock is quoted in this ABC story about the remarkable recovery of snowboarder Kevin Pearce...more

 

The Miami Project Shows How to Make the Most of Charitable Giving

December 2011 -- Supporting charitable causes at holiday time is a tradition for many. Motivations for giving are unique, but there are many universal benefits for both the donor and the charity they support. As the holidays draw near, and tax season just around the corner, The Miami Project is offering some important advice about charitable giving and metrics to consider when choosing the causes to support..more

 

The Miami Project Researcher Co-Authors Manuscript in Nature Journal

December 15, 2011 – Researcher Dr. Kevin Park, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and colleagues, today published a manuscript in the preeminent journal Nature, that demonstrates the deletion of two genes, phosphatase and tensin homologue (PTEN) and suppressor of cytokine signaling 3 (SOCS3), which are highly expressed in the injured central nervous system (CNS) neurons, promotes continued and significant long-tract regeneration following CNS injury...more

 

Marc Buoniconti Hosted Teams from Ten Local High Schools for the Inaugural Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Engineering Design Challenge

November 2011 – Miami Project to Cure Paralysis President Marc Buoniconti recently hosted teams from 10 local high school engineering and technology teams who will work throughout the school year with The Miami Project to design and build a prototype of an assistive medical device for individuals in wheelchairs...more

 

Stem Cell Research Goes On, Despite Canceled Trial

November 15, 2011 -- By Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Staff Writer.

Experts say they are optimistic about the future of stem cell research in the U.S., even though the first government-approved trial designed to test an embryonic stem cell therapy in people has been canceled, it was announced yesterday...more

 

Preliminary Human Experiments to Test Safety of Nerve Cell Transplants for Spinal Cord Paralysis

October 19, 2011 - The new approach, currently being studied by the FDA for phase I trials, avoids the problems of immunological rejection and the controversy around the use of embryonic stem cells...more

 

The Miami Project Submits Its First IND to the FDA for a Clinical Trial Involving Schwann Cell Transplantation Following Subacute Spinal Cord Injury
Schwann Cell Trial to include Participants with Subacute Spinal Cord Injury

September 21, 2011 -- The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has submitted today its first Investigational New Drug (IND) application to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting permission to begin a Phase I clinical trial to evaluate the safety of autologous human Schwann cell transplantation in the subacute spinal cord injury (SCI) setting...more

 

Will You Stand Up For Those Who Can't?
September is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

Miami, FL -- September 1 -- Every 48 minutes someone in the U.S. is paralyzed from a spinal cord injury. Millions worldwide are living with paralysis as a result and living with the knowledge that there is currently no cure for their injury.  In an effort to raise awareness about the critical need for better treatments and preventive measures, September has been designated National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month by the U.S. Senate, the result of a resolution co-sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL).  To bolster the resolution’s message, we are launching an awareness campaign lasting the entire month of September...more

  

Miller School Researchers Receive NIH Blueprint Award
Grant to encourage drug development and includes two Miami Project Principal Investigators

 August 18, 2011 –The National Institutes of Health has made awards to investigators across the United States, including three from The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and the Department of Ophthamology, for an ambitious set of projects seeking to develop new drugs for disorders of the nervous system...more

 

Symposium on Brain Injuries Starts

July 12, 2011 - Researchers and doctors from all over the world are gathered...more on NBC Miami.

 

UM Symposium Tackles Neurotrauma

July 12, 2011 - Brain and spinal trauma affect more young adults and children than any disease.  A national symposium brings researchers and patients together...more on Miami Herald.

 

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine - The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Scientists Host Free Science Education Event

July 12, 2011 - The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’sMiami Project to Cure Paralysis researchers today hosted a free public informational event during this year’s National Neurotrauma Symposium at Hollywood, Florida’s Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa.  The free public event featured experts in the field of brain and spinal cord injury research and treatment, and included opportunities for the public to learn and ask questions about these devastating conditions...more

 

  

Rick Hansen, Iconic Canadian Paralympian and World-Renowned Accessibility Advocate Visits The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

June 24, 2011 -- As part of his 25th Anniversary Tour, Rick Hansen and members of his Foundation and Institute traveled to Miami to sign a memorandum of understanding regarding cooperative research in the field of spinal cord injury (SCI) research, and to honor Marc Buoniconti and Edelle Field-Fote, Ph.D., for their fundraising, advocacy and research work relating to SCI...more

 

InVivo Therapeutics and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Form Strategic Research Collaboration to Develop Novel Treatments for Spinal Cord Injuries

May 3, 2011 – InVivo Therapeutics (OTCBB: NVIV), a company focused on the development of groundbreaking technologies for the treatment of spinal cord injuries (SCI), and The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, today announced a strategic research collaboration for the development of novel SCI treatments...more

 

Philanthropist Christine E. Lynn Donated $10 Mllion to Name the Christine E. Lynn Human Clinical Trials Initiative at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

 

April 7, 2011 -- The gift will not only name, but fund the human clinical trials initiative at The Miami Project.  Research that is part of this initiative is in the translational phase and is being readied for clinic by undergoing the rigorous United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process.  Currently, Miami Project researchers are in the process of seeking FDA approval for the first ever Phase 1clinical trial involving Schwann cell transplantation.  These funds will go a long way in moving this important research forward and to laying an important foundation for future clinical trials...more

 

Second Annual University of Miami Brain Fair a Resounding Success

March 2011 -- Researchers from The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, with the help of more than 150 University of Miami students, faculty and staff, helped educate children about how the brain and spinal cord work at the second annual University of Miami Brain Fair on March 19th at the Miami Science Museum...more

 

The First Miami-Dade Countywide Concussion Care Workshop presented by the KiDZ Neuroscience Center at The Miami Project and UHealth Sports Medicine Center

March 2, 2011 – The KiDZ Neuroscience Center at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and the UHealth Sports Medicine Center will host the first Concussion Care Workshop March 3rd for more than 100 Miami-Dade County Public High Schools (M-DCPS) athletic trainers and athletic directors.  The event is intended to educate and implement in the M-DCPS Senior High Schools concussion management programs and ImPACT Testing.  The program will take the unprecedented step of implementing the performance of baseline neurocognitive testing this year for each student athlete in the contact sports of football, girls volleyball, boys and girls soccer, baseball and softball...more

 

Gymnast Walks Just Days After Major Spinal Injury

February 13, 2011 -- Eyeing a spot in Cirque de Soleil, 20-year-old Jorge Valdes was practicing a double flip routine when he landed directly on his head, dislocating two vertebrae and injuring his spine, leaving him unable to walk. Jorge, along with his neurosurgeon, Dr. Steven Vanni, joined TODAY’s Lester Holt to discuss the remarkable recovery and treatment, which included hypothermia that was pioneered by Miami Project to Cure Paralysis researchers...more

 

2010

25 years to the day of Marc Buoniconti’s life changing accident, HBO's REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL debuts with A Remarkable Journey.

October 2010 -- Watch on Tuesday evening, October 26th from 10-11pm on HBO when the Emmy-Winning Show REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL features a new segment, A Remarkable Journey.  On Oct. 26, 1985, Citadel linebacker Marc Buoniconti stopped East Tennessee’s Herman Jacobs short of first down on a crucial third-and-one.  The collision left Buoniconti, son of former Miami Dolphins great Nick Buoniconti, paralyzed from the neck down...more

 

Buoniconti: There Will Be A Cure For Paralysis

New York Post -- Jay Greenberg

October 22, 2010 -- "Tuesday will be my 25th anniversary," said Buoniconti on the phone from Miami yesterday. "And Eric is never going to be in a wheelchair as long as I have been...more

 

Twenty-Five Years Later, Marc Buoniconti Fights On

Sun-Sentinal -- Dave Hyde 

October 22, 2010 -- You have your sports heroes. I have mine. Marc Buoniconti bites into the turkey sandwich held before his mouth and considers the helmet-first tackles that left a Rutgers player paralyzed last weekend and have NFL commissioner Roger Goodell threatening suspensions...more  

  

Marc Buoniconti on Front Page of USA TODAY
September 24, 2010
— Marc Buoniconti never sits in his dreams. He runs at top speed instead. Or he plays football. Or makes love.  "Sometimes I wake up and think, 'That was awesome, man, I was running all night,' " Buoniconti says. "It does not make up for reality, obviously; it's just a glimpse. You know how dreams are — sporadic, but still pretty neat to have." more

 

 

Message from the Scientific Director, W. Dalton Dietrich, III, Ph.D.

August 25, 2010 -- The recent ruling by a federal judge to temporarily halt the use of federal funds to support new research in the area of embryonic stem cell research is very damaging to the field of regenerative medicine...more

 

Exciting News on Cell Therapies

July 30, 2010 - Geron Corporation announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified the company that the clinical hold placed on their Investigational New Drug (IND) application had been lifted and the company’s Phase I clinical trial of human embryonic stem cell-derived oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (GRNOPC1) in patients with acute spinal cord injury may proceed...more

 

Message from Scientific Director W. Dalton Dietrich from the 28th Annual National Neurotrauma Symposium

June 22, 2010 - The 28th Annual National Neurotrauma Symposium was a great success. Almost 700 attendees with significant involvement from NIH and Industry participated in the 3 day meeting. It was very rewarding to see so many outstanding posters from the Miami Project Scientific Community. Next year, our very own Dr. Ross Bullock will be the President of the Society and will organize the 2011 Florida Meeting which will take place in south Florida...more

 

Florida Governor Charlie Crist Ceremonially Signs Bill Legalizing Use of Cameras to Stop Red Light Violaters

 The signing was hosted by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis who will receive a portion of the fines to fund research into spinal cord and brain injuries

May 18, 2010 -- Florida Governor Charlie Crist was joined in Miami by University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, Miller School of Medicine Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., University of Miami Board of Trustees members and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis founders Nick and Marc Buoniconti today to ceremonially sign HB 325 which authorizes cities to use cameras to crack down on drivers who run red lights.  The measure, which takes effect July 1, has a provision which allows for a portion of the fines to be allocated to The Miami Project for research into spinal cord and brain injuries, the majority of which occur as the result of motor vehicle accidents...more

 

Long-Term Baclofen Use for Spasticity May Make Muscles Weaker and More Fatigable

May 2010 -- Baclofen (also known as Lioresal®) has long been prescribed to treat muscle spasticity in people living with spinal cord injury (SCI) and multiple sclerosis.  Recent findings from the laboratory of Dr. Christine Thomas, a faculty member of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami, demonstrate that long-term use of Baclofen can actually have unwanted effects on paralyzed muscles in people living with chronic SCI...more

 

Clinical Trials Currently Underway at The Miami Project / University of Miami - Part Two

April 27, 2010 -- As we continue to navigate the Investigational New Drug (IND) application process to gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin the Phase I human Schwann cell transplantation clinical trial to determine safety, many are surprised to learn that there are currently over 20 other clinical trials in spinal cord injuries (SCI) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) udnerway.  Miami Project clinicians and researchers are taking a leading role in bringing these new therapies to people suffering from the devastation of SCI and TBI...more

 

 

Clinical Trials Currently Underway at The Miami Project / University of Miami

April 22, 2010 -- As you have been hearing for some time now, one of The Miami Project’s most anticipated clinical trials will involve testing human Schwann cell transplants in humans with acute and chronic SCI. We continue to navigate the Investigational New Drug (IND) application process to gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin this Phase I clinical trial to determine safety.  At the same time, many are surprised to learn that there are currently over 20 other clinical trials in spinal cord injuries (SCI) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) underway and Miami Project clinicians and researchers are taking a leading role in bringing these new therapies to people suffering from the devastation of SCI and TBI...more

 

 

Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard Inducted into Iron Arrow at University of Miami

April 12, 2010 -- Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard, Director of Major Gifts, Corporate Relations, Marketing and Events has been inducted into Iron Arrow, the University of Miami’s highest honor and oldest tradition.  The honor is bestowed upon individuals who best exemplify the five qualities of Iron Arrow: love of alma mater, character, leadership, scholarship, and humility.  Stephanie has been dedicated to the University for many years, presently working at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, but filling many other roles at the University of Miami over the years...more

 

Miami Project to Cure Paralysis/University of Miami researchers publish first papers that show mild hypothermia to be both safe and effective in acute spinal cord injuries

 

April 7, 2010Dr. Allan Levi, clinical researcher from The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami and chief of the neurospine service at Jackson Memorial Hospital and colleagues have published two papers which provide the first evidence that the use of mild hypothermia is both a safe and effective strategy in acute spinal cord injury (SCI).  The first paper was published in the March 2009 issue of the Journal of Neurotrauma and the second in the April 2010 issue of Neurosurgery...more

 

 

Brain Fair 2010 

March 2010--Miami Project to Cure Paralysis researchers, including Dr. Coleen Atkins and Lana Jones Mawhinney took the lead this past weekend as University of Miami Miller School of Medicine hosted the Brain Fair 2010 on Saturday, March 20, from 10 am-4 pm.  This free event was at the Miami Science Museum, had more than 1100 people in attendance, and included high quality educational activities for children about how the brain works and the fascinating discoveries being made by University of Miami neuroscientists...more 

 

The Severity of Spinal Cord Damage Influences the Infertility Problems Experienced by Men with SCI

March 2010 -  The Male Fertility Research Program has been in existence at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis for over 19 years and is one of the most experienced and comprehensive programs in the world studying how spinal cord injury (SCI) alters male fertility.  Drs. Nancy Brackett and Charles Lynne have studied over 500 subjects in this program.  Along with coworkers, they recently published a manuscript in the journal Urology evaluating the factors contributing to normal semen quality in a small minority of men with SCI...more

 

The Miami Project Reaches Out to Future Scientists Via Tele-Learning

February 2010 - The Miami Project Education Department has stepped into the “cyber” age and has been hosting a distant learning program with a high school in Virginia.  The Mountain Vista Governor’s School provides a research-based, technology-based, integrated program in math, science, and humanities for gifted and talented junior and high school students and their two campuses are in Fauquier and Frederick, Virginia, at the Lord Fairfax Community College...more  

 

Miami Project Scientist Receives Highest Rank Grant Award from the PVA

February 2010 – Rachel Cowan, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Mark Nash at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, received the Fritz Krauth Memorial Fellowship for her new grant funded by the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Research Foundation 2010 grant cycle. Dr. Cowan’s grant is titled “Barriers & Participation after SCI: Relationship with Fitness & Mobility”...more 

 

Marc Buoniconti Participates in Marathon with Assist from Dean 

February 2010 -- Marc Buoniconti participated in the ING Miami Marathon and Half-Marathon® on January 31 with an assist from University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D...more

 

Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard Honored by the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science

January 2010 -- Our very own Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard was recently honored by the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science at the 13th Annual Women of Vision Luncheon.  Stephanie was given the Leaders of the Future Award for her numerous contributions to not only The Miami Project and The Buoniconti Fund, but numerous other worthwhile charities...more  

  

Miami Project Faculty Member Participates in a Phase III Clinical Trial for Chronic Spinal Cord Injury

January 2010 -- Dr. Diana Cardenas, faculty member of The Miami Project and Chair of the UM Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, is leading a team of clinical researchers participating in a Phase III clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of a drug called Pregabalin in treating chronic neuropathic pain in people living with spinal cord injury (SCI). Neuropathic pain is a devastating problem for many people living with SCI and it is particularly resistant to therapy...more 

 

 

2009

Cutting Edge Research Presented at Largest Neuroscience Meeting

November 2009 -- Faculty at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis recently presented the results of 25 different research studies at the world’s largest annual neuroscience meeting. During October 17-21, 2009 approximately 31,000 neuroscientists from around the globe met in Chicago to discuss, and debate, cutting edge discoveries at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting. Many of the Miami Project faculty, students, and post-doctoral fellows were in the midst of it all...more

   

Suzie Sayfie Inducted into Iron Arrow at University of Miami

November 2009 – Suzie Sayfie, Executive Director of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, was inducted into Iron Arrow, the University of Miami’s highest honor and oldest tradition, on November 5, 2009.  The honor is bestowed upon individuals who best exemplify the five qualities of Iron Arrow: love of alma mater, character, leadership, scholarship, and humility.  Mrs. Sayfie has been dedicated to the University for many years, presently serving as executive director, but filling many other director roles within The Miami Project for the past 15 years...more 

 

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Identify Gene Family Responsible for Regulating Nerve Regeneration

October 9, 2009 – Miami Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have identified a family of genes that may control the ability of nerve cells to regenerate.  The discovery of this gene family, as published in the October 9 issue of Science, is a big step forward for both regenerative science and neuroscience. The finding may one day lead to advances in diseases such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, glaucoma and optic nerve stroke, as well as other neurodegenerative diseases of the brain and spinal cord....more  

 

Aging With Spinal Cord Injuries:  Dr. Mark Nash Pursues Evidence-Based Countermeasures and Best Practice Changes

September 2009 --  When Dr. Mark Nash joined the faculty of Neurological Surgery in 1984 the notion of aging with SCI was far from his mind. “Everyone was 25 years old,” remembers Nash, so he asked Dr. Barth Green what a 60-year old person with SCI would look like. “I can’t say,” he recalled Green saying, “We haven’t seen too many of them yet.” Twenty-five years later the young people have aged, and have been joined by increasing numbers of others who are sustaining injuries in later life. Together, these populations have provided an entirely new set of challenges in surgery, medical care, and health maintenance that didn’t exist in the early 1980’s...more  

  

One of the Most Inspirational People in Racing

September 2009 -- At Miami’s Calder Race Course, Robin Cleary is a backstretch face you’ll rarely see without a smile. The 53-year-old assistant trainer is one of the most well-liked and well-respected horsepeople in the south Florida racing community, and it’s easy to see why. Determined, particular, and extremely hardworking, she is also kind and welcoming to those she encounters, with a heart dedicated to service. She exudes compassion and purpose, and her endearing personality has made Robin innumerable friends over the years. Her integrity and work ethic are unmatched. But what makes her persona and work particularly remarkable is the fact that, at first glance, she has every reason to have given up on work altogether. It’s hard enough for her to make it through life’s most ordinary tasks. You see, for the past thirteen years, Robin Cleary has been operating out of a wheelchair—a complete quadriplegic...more   

  

Marc Buoniconti on cover of Sports Illustrated

August 2009 -- We are excited to announce that Marc Buoniconti is on the cover of the August 24th issue of Sports Illustrated...more

 

Miami Project Researcher Publishes Book
June 2009 --
Edelle Field-Fote, Ph.D., P.T., a leading authority in spinal cord injury (SCI) rehabilitation, from the University of Miami and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, has written the first comprehensive evidenced-based book on the topic titled Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation...
more 

 

A First for Spinal Cord Injury 

February 2009 -- The calls have been coming in. “…Is The Miami Project going to be involved with the embryonic stem cell trial? Where in the United States will this treatment be available? Who will be able to participate?...”  These are some of the questions The Miami Project is getting in response to the announcement that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given first ever clearance for a Phase 1 trial to test the safety of a human embryonic stem cell-based therapy in patients with acute spinal cord injury...more 

  

2008

  

Neuroscientists Gather at Neuroscience 2008

 

December 2008 -- Miami Project researchers were among more than 31,000 scientists from all around the world to attend the 38th annual meeting of the Society of Neuroscience. This gathering of neuroscience professionals provides a forum for learning, information exchange and professional development. More than 26 faculty, postdoctoral associates and graduate students from The Miami Project presented their research findings at Neuroscience 2008 that took place November 15–19, 2008 in Washington, DC...more 

 

 $1,000,000 Raised for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis by Paralyzed Horse Trainer  

May 28, 2008 -- Assistant horse trainer Robin Cleary, who was paralyzed in a horse training accident at Calder Racecourse in 1996, will be celebrated this Friday afternoon at Calder’s Turf Club for raising more than $1 million for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis’ spinal cord injury research programs.   The 1996 injury left Cleary a quadriplegic, unable to move from the neck down, but each day she inspires others to help change medical history for her and others living with paralysis...more   

 

 

Locomotor Training and Summer Camp Experience for Children with Incomplete SCI 

April 2008 -- The Miami Project Neuromotor Rehabilitation Research Laboratory is pleased to announce a new program involving children with incomplete spinal cord injury.  Eight children who meet specific criteria will be selected for this year’s 10-week Locomotor Training Summer Camp Experience from June 2 through August 8, 2008...more  

 

 

After a Severe Spinal Cord Injury, former UM and NFL Athlete, Kevin Everett, Walks Tall on Visit to The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

April 2008 -- For a man many believed would never walk again, former Hurricane and NFL player Kevin Everett stood tall on the Miller School’s campus Friday during a visit to The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. He was there to announce the launch of the Kevin Everett Foundation and thank The Miami Project team whose cutting-edge research ultimately played a role in his recovery from a spinal cord injury suffered during an NFL game last season...more

 

 

2007 

 

Cooling Protection

October 2007 -- He has a good chance of walking again.”  That’s the remarkable prognosis first given by Barth Green, M.D. after Buffalo Bills football player, Kevin Everett, injured his spinal cord in a season opener on September 9.  Dr. Green, The Miami Project’s president and co-founder, made this bold statement when he learned that Mr. Everett was showing early recovery of voluntary movement – movement that might not have been expected had he not received an experimental neuroprotective treatment...more

 

 

Current Trends in Fertility

May 2007 -- How many men are still being told they won’t be able to father biological children after spinal cord injury?  How many, when they learn this is not true, are also led to believe that the only way to achieve pregnancy is with the most expensive, complicated and invasive fertility procedure currently available?...more

 

 

Identifying Genes that Promote Regeneration

May 2007 -- Regeneration occurs naturally in the injured peripheral nervous system but not the central nervous system.  An approach scientists are taking to devise regeneration strategies is to identify regeneration-associated genes.  If they can understand what genes are “turned on” in the peripheral nervous system to allow for repair, they may be able to use that information to develop gene therapies for spinal cord repair...more 

 

 

Kids and Virtual Exercise

May 2007 --Kids like and need game-play.  Having a spinal cord injury doesn’t change that. Game-play and physical activity are essential for normal growth and development; however, children and adolescents with SCI often have limited options for performing either...more

 

 
 
 
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