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Scientific Team

W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.The Miami Project faculty is a multidisciplinary team comprised of both basic and clinical scientists with expertise in neuroscience. 

 

 

 

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

 

FACULTY 

 

AN UNBREAKABLE BOND MAKES ITS WORLD DEBUT AT MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

A star-studded roster of attendees came out for the world debut of An Unbreakable Bond, a film by Emilio Estefan which documents the relationship between NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, his son Marc, and their nearly three decade struggle to find a cure for spinal cord injuries. The film made its world debut on Tuesday, March 11th at the 31st edition of Miami Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), at the Olympia Theater at The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.

Nick Buoniconti and Gloria and Emilio Estefan were joined by NBC News Icon Tom Brokaw, who introduced the film, and NBC Legendary Sportscaster Bob Costas, who moderated the question and answer session following the movie which led to the Estefans, on behalf of the Gloria Estefan Foundation, to make a $100,000 donation to The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.  The donation will help continue with the important clinical trials underway at The Miami Project at the University of Miami.

 

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CLINICAL TRIALS INITIATIVE

 

The Clinical Trials Initiative is The Miami Project’s efforts to carefully take new discoveries from the laboratory to test as treatments in clinical trials. With a special emphasis on spinal cord injury, the Clinical Trials Initiative was started in 2004 and is aimed at creating the infrastructure needed to gain approval for and to conduct clinical trials at the University of Miami affiliated hospitals. Two treatments we are currently testing under this clinical trials initiative are Schwann cell transplantation and therapeutic hypothermia.  We anticipate these activities will bring new and potentially life-changing treatments to people with central nervous system trauma.

 

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The Clinical Trials Initiative is The Miami Project’s efforts to carefully take new discoveries from the laboratory to test as treatments in clinical trials. With a special emphasis on spinal cord injury, the Clinical Trials Initiative was started in 2004 and is aimed at creating the infrastructure needed to gain approval for and to conduct clinical trials at the University of Miami affiliated hospitals. Two treatments we are currently testing under this clinical trials initiative are Schwann cell transplantation and therapeutic hypothermia.  We anticipate these activities will bring new and potentially life-changing treatments to people with central nervous system trauma.

Scientific Research

Barth A. Green, M.D.Our broad scope of collaborative research is dedicated to finding new treatments for spinal cord injury.    

 

 

Read a Message from the Chairman, Barth A. Green, M.D.

 

 

ADVANCES 

 

Did You Know

 

every 48 minutes someone in the U.S. is paralyzed from a spinal cord injury?

12,000 new traumatic spinal cord injuries each year in the USA?

approximately 80.7% of spinal cord injuries occur in men in the USA?

the majority of spinal cord injuries are the result of car crashes?

the estimated lifetime costs to care for a 25 year old who becomes a quadriplegic is more than $4.5 million, and a paraplegic costs exceed $2.25 million?

 

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MIAMI PROJECT DOCTORS PERFORM FIRST SCHWANN CELL TRANSPLANT

 

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.

 

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ASH'S ADVICE

On Tuesday, March 11, An Unbreakable Bond made its world debut at the Miami International Film Festival. This is a film by Emilio Estefan documenting the relationship between NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc, telling the story of their nearly three decade struggle to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.

 

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Schwann Cell Update

Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D.Miami Project Doctors Perform First Schwann Cell Transplant for Spinal Cord Injury

 

 

Doctors performed the first-ever FDA approved Schwann cell transplantation in a patient with a new spinal cord injury

UPDATE 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Wednesday - May 7, 2014

Gail F. Beach Memorial Visiting Lectureship Series
12pm

LPLC 7th Floor Apex Auditorium

  

Joseph El Khoury, M.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Center for Immunology & Inflammatory Diseases
Laboratory for NeuroImmunology

and Innate Immunity
Harvard Medical School – Boston, MA

 

“The Microglial Sensome”

 

 

Upcoming Lectures

  


 

 

Research Review 2013 Cover

 

 
 
 
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