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Research Faculty

Diana Cardenas, M.D., M.H.A.
Edelle Field-Fote, Ph.D., P.T.
Mark S. Nash, Ph.D.

Christine K. Thomas, Ph.D.
Eva Widerström-Noga, D.D.S., Ph.D. 


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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 of key muscle groups to promote walking. Investigators are also interested in learning more about nerve circuits that are required for specific motor functions. Rehabilitation research also evaluates interventions to promote to other body functions such as bladder and bowel function.


Although rehabilitation is not considered a "cure" for paralysis, research has shown that rehabilitative exercise provides numerous benefits in cardiovascular functioning, muscle mass, managing pain, and lowering stress.  People with spinal cord injury can experience these benefits simply by engaging in rehabilitation programs.



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