Letter from Nick Buoniconti
Founder, The Miami Project
Founder, The Buoniconti Fund
2016 – A Definitive Year
I am so proud of the incredible accomplishments of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Over 31 years of remarkable scientific progress in the mission to cure paralysis. When my son Marc became a quadriplegic while making a tackle in a college football game, I truly believed there was no answer to reversing paralysis – where does one begin to solve what has always been impossible. I made Marc a promise that I would do whatever I could to help him. Little did I know from tragedy a miracle would occur – the most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center in the world: The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
The Buoniconti family merged with the spinal cord injury community and became ONE with the same goal – curing paralysis. All our love for family came together and built a foundation that is beyond what any of us could have ever imagined.
We are actively underway with our Human Clinical Trials Initiative. We enrolled acutely injured research participants in our Phase 1 Schwann cell safety trial. We successfully transplanted 6 participants who are doing incredibly well. Trunk sensation has been reported and one participant has converted from complete to incomplete status. The Miami Project is conducting our Chronic Phase 1 Schwann Cell trial and 3 subjects have been successfully transplanted. The results are very encouraging.
Nerve bridging strategy with Schwann cells has one subject WALKING after severe leg trauma. We also have very encouraging results with stem cell transplantation. The Miami Project researchers are using Deep Brain Stimulation for neuropathic pain and therapeutic hypothermia has resulted in dramatic signs of improved function. Our male fertility program continues to expand with many beautiful babies being born in the SCI Community and the list of accomplishments goes on and on.
We are now in the process of building the state of the art Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson. SCI and brain trauma patients from all over the world will be able to benefit from the most cutting edge and various rehabilitation and clinical research programs – a truly definitive year!
I want to THANK YOU ALL – The Buoniconti Fund’s Board of Directors, the Great Sports Legends, Honorees, Dinner attendees and University of Miami President Dr. Julio Frenk for your continued vision and support.
Today, more than ever before, we are very close to changing medical history. Curing Paralysis is in our reach! I will continue to work very hard to make sure the dreams of millions of paralyzed people come true! Together we will CURE paralysis.
Nicholas A. Buoniconti
To learn more about Mr. Buoniconti, please view his biography.