The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is considered the premier investigative research program conducting cutting edge discovery, translational, and clinical investigations targeting spinal cord and brain injuries. The Miami Project’s international team includes more than 200 scientists, researchers, clinicians, and support staff who take 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. In 1985, Barth A. Green, M.D. and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Nick’s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Since then research at The Miami Project has changed the landscape of knowledge and therapeutic strategies for spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.
Committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again, the Buoniconti family established The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis in 1992, a non-profit organization devoted to assisting The Miami Project achieve its national and international goals.
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History of The Miami Project – The Miami Project was co-founded in 1985 by internationally recognized spinal cord injury (SCI) expert, Barth A. Green, M.D. and three families who had experienced SCI firsthand.
Message from Nick Buoniconti – Thirty years have passed since The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis was founded following my son Marc becoming a quadriplegic while making a tackle in a college football game and suffering a paralyzing injury.
Message from the President – It is hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since my paralyzing spinal cord injury. What an amazing journey in medical discovery and in my own personal life. It is as if The Miami Project and I grew up together.
Career and Student Opportunities – Our multi-disciplinary team of more than 200 scientists and researchers are committed to finding new treatments for the paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury.
Management Team – The Team secures private philanthropy donations, conducts annual fund drives, write grant proposals to foundations and corporations, and host many informative scientific seminars.
Board of Directors – The Buoniconti Fund’s mission to cure paralysis is driven by these incredible devoted constituents.
Financials – The Buoniconti Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The Women’s Guild of The Miami Project – The Women’s Guild was formed in 1987 by a group of visionary women who pledged their support to a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury.