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Paralysis research

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis was founded in 1985 with the help of Barth A. Green, M.D. and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti after Nick’s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game.  The Miami Project is a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  It is considered the premier investigative research program conducting cutting edge discovery, translational, and clinical investigations targeting spinal cord and brain injuries.  Since its inception, research at The Miami Project has changed the landscape of knowledge and therapeutic strategies for spinal cord and traumatic brain injury.

Our international team of more than 300 takes innovative approaches to the challenges of spinal cord and brain injuries.  The Miami Project’s clinical trial program currently includes autologous Schwann cell transplantation, therapeutic hypothermia, Riluzole, deep brain stimulation, and brain machine interface.  Our discovery program is investigating immune modulation, scar formation, and regeneration mechanisms after injury to better enable development of future interventions.

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The Buoniconti family merged with the spinal cord injury community and became ONE with the same goal – curing paralysis.

- Nick Buoniconti

From the Experts

Kim Anderson-Erisman, Ph.D.

Brain Machine Interface

W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.

Nancy L. Brackett, Ph.D.

Recent News

Roberta Bramilla, Ph.D.

Roberta Brambilla, Ph.D. Publishes Manuscript in Cell Reports

Roberta Brambilla, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Departments of Neurological Surgery and The Miami Project, and colleagues publish Opposing Functions of Microglial and Macrophagic TNFR2 in the Pathogenesis of Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis in the journal Cell Reports. For several years, Dr. Brambilla … Continued

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Dr. Brackett Publishes About Male Infertility After SCI

Nancy L. Brackett, Ph. D., Research Professor, Departments of Neurological Surgery, Urology and The Miami Project, published a study that was a collaboration with colleagues at the São Paulo Federal University in Brazil. The study, titled: Towards Understanding Male Infertility … Continued

The Science and Engineering Fair

Kim Anderson-Erisman, Ph.D., Director of Education, The Miami Project and Research Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery and Coleen M. Atkins, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery and The Miami Project participated in the Miami Dade Public School’s 63rd … Continued

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The Faces of Paralysis

Paralysis does not discriminate


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