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As a member of the media, enclosed you will find our mission statement, background information, a scientific overview and a listing of our experts with a brief background on each.


The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis is the world's most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center and is dedicated to finding more effective treatments for, and ultimately a cure for paralysis.


A Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, The Miami Project is housed at the Lois Pope LIFE Center.


The Miami Project has assembled a broad spectrum of researchers, clinicians, and therapists whose expertise relate directly to the problem of SCI and whose full-time focus is SCI research. By uniting this broad range of knowledge and talents, The Miami Project team of scientists is accelerating the search for effective treatments for SCI.


Science Overview


Our basic science efforts consist of simultaneous studies in the following important areas:

   >   understanding injury mechanisms and protecting the spinal cord 
         (pathophysiology, neuroprotection);

   >   replacing lost nerves (cell replacement) or neurotransmitters (transmitter replacement);

   >   promoting repair of damaged nerve pathways (regeneration);

   >   understanding and restoring spinal connections and addressing issues of pain and 
        spasticity (neurophysiology);

   >   The Miami Project team of clinical researcher's specialties include neurosurgery, 
         neurology, electrophysiology, exercise physiology, physical therapy, fertility, pain 
         and physical medicine and rehabilitation.


This team’s current goals include:

   >   understanding the nature of human SCI, and the course and extent of natural recovery;

   >   improving surgical safety and interventions for acute SCI;

   >   assessing and improving therapies or devices designed to maximize function recovery 
        and fitness;

   >   understanding significant complications of SCI such as neuropathic pain, sexual 
        dysfunction, infertility and s


For more detailed information on our basic and clinical science efforts, please refer to our Research section.


Marc A. BuonicontiMARC A. BUONICONTI
President and Co-Founder
As a Co-founder, Ambassador and President of both The Miami Project and The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, Marc is blazing a trail in the fight against the devastation that is paralysis. Since his 1985 injury, Marc has taken a leadership role as a spokesperson and role model for those living with paralysis. 


Read more about Marc


If you are a member of the media interested in an interview, please refer to the media contact section.


W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.W. DALTON DIETRICH, Ph.D.
Scientific Director
Professor, Neurological Surgery, Neurology,
and Cell Biology & Anatomy
Serving as scientific director of The Miami Project since 1997, Dr. Dietrich has guided the research team into a new era of discovery and leadership in the field of paralysis research. In addition to guiding the research team, Dr. Dietrich is a basic scientist at heart. His research interest is the pathobiology and treatment of CNS injury in both the acute and chronic setting and he is a pioneer in the area of the benefits of modest hypothermia.


Read more about Dr. Dietrich


If you are a member of the media interested in an interview, please refer to the media contact section.


Barth A. Green, M.D.BARTH A. GREEN, M.D.
Chairman and Clinical Program Director
Professor and Chairman, Neurological Surgery
As Founder, Chairman and Clinical Program Director of The Miami Project, Dr. Green has been the driving force behind The Miami Project. It was his dream, now a reality, to assemble an all-star group of researchers to wage an all out assault on spinal cord injuries. As a neurosurgeon and scientist, the major focus of his research lies in the development of methods to surgically prevent further neurological deterioration and to promote neurological recovery in spinal cord injured patients.


Read more about Dr. Green.


If you are a member of the media interested in an interview, please refer to the media contact section.

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