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Research Participation

What types of studies are available?  How does a potential research volunteer become involved?  

 

Learn more about clinical trials, experimental treatments and, if you are  interested in participating, see our current studies. 

PARTICIPATE   CURRENT STUDIES

 

Our Research Faculty

Vance Lemmon, Ph.D.A multidisciplinary team with a common goal - to conduct research that ultimately leads to new or improved treatments...MORE

RESEARCH INTERESTS

 

Research Achievements

The broad scope of research has focused on answering questions that help define human spinal cord injury and reveal strategies for repair.

CUTTING EDGE SCIENCE

Schwann Cell Update

Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D.MIAMI PROJECT DOCTORS PERFORM FIRST SCHWANN CELL TRANSPLANT FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY

UPDATE

Finding Cures

Cures should alleviate the multiple consequences of injury.  Miami Project researchers carry out a broad scope of research directed at complex challenges.

GOALS

MIAMI PROJECT TO CURE PARALYSIS DOCTORS PERFORM FIRST SCHWANN CELL TRANSPLANT FOR SPINAL CORD INJURY

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.

 

“This historic clinical trial represents a giant step forward in a field of medicine where each tangible step has tremendous value. This trial, and these first patients in this trial specifically, are extremely important to our mission of curing paralysis,” said neurosurgeon Barth Green, M.D., Co-Founder and Chairman of The Miami Project, and Professor and Chair of Neurological Surgery. “The Miami Project team includes hundreds of scientists, clinicians, and technicians who have joined hands to make the ‘impossible possible,’ for which this trial is a key goal and dream now being realized. This achievement reaffirms that the tens of millions of dollars and the incalculable work hours were well invested in this first of a kind human Schwann cell project.”

 

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A NEW DAY HAS COME

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis is a unique research center for many reasons, but probably one of the most important reasons is the leveraging power made possible by all of the donors to The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.

In today’s world of grant funding, the pool of applicants is increasing while the pot of available funds is remaining level or, in some cases, decreasing or disappearing altogether.  Hence, in order for grant applications to be competitive, preliminary data regarding the research questions being tested need to be included to show the likelihood of success if funded.  However, that creates a situation similar to “having the cart before the horse”.  How is one supposed to generate data without funds to conduct the experiments?  That is where philanthropy becomes critically important and The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis has been instrumental in making possible significant scientific advances in the field of spinal cord injury.  

Read about the power of
Genetic Technologies

  

High Content Screening 

   

Deep Brain Stimulation

 

Schwann Cells

 

Male Fertility

 

Clinical Research Part 1

 

Clinical Research Part 2

 

Clinical Trials Unit

 

Pain Research

 




 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Wednesday - January 7, 2015

Gail F. Beach Memorial Visiting Lectureship Series
12pm

LPLC 7th Floor Apex Auditorium

 

 Susan Harkema,PhD
Rehabilitation Research Director, Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center
Owsley B. Frazier Chair , Department of Neurological Rehabilitation
Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
Frazier Rehab Institute- Louisville, KY

 


 

 2014-2015 Lecture Schedule

 

 The NIH Summer Student Research Application
is now available!

 

2014 Fall Project Magazine

 

 

 
 
 
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