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Research Participation

Participating in research may or may not help you personally. Taking part in research is voluntary and the results could help others with similar health problems. The following provides more information about what is involved in participating in clinical research.

WHAT ARE CLINICAL TRIALS?
A clinical trial is an organized, scientifically controlled study of the safety and effectiveness of a therapeutic agent (a drug or therapy) in people who have consented to serve as volunteers. To translate experimental therapies into “standards of care,” Miami Project clinical investigators conduct clinical trials and studies.  Learn more

REGISTER FOR RESEARCH STUDIES
To be considered for current and future Miami Project research studies, you must complete an Intake Form. Information from the Intake Form will be maintained securely in The Miami Project’s database as a screening resource for Miami Project researchers. Register

EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENTS FOR SCI
What you should know if you are considering participation in a clinical trial
For people with SCI, their families, friends and caregivers, the decision to receive an experimental treatment or enter a clinical trial is a challenging one. Learn more

OUR CURRENT STUDIES
Miami Project clinical researchers are conducting studies that address various issues related to spinal cord injury, including pain, spasticity, walking, hand function, fertility, exercise, and diet modification.  Learn more

WHAT ARE STEM CELLS?
Stem cells are defined by two properties.  First, they can ” self-renew”, that is they can divide and give rise to more stem cells of the same kind.  Second, they can mature of “differentiate” into specialized cells that carry out a specific function, such as in the skin, muscle, or blood.  there are many different types of stem cells.  Learn more

WHAT ARE SCHWANN CELLS?
Schwann cells (SC) are a type of cell found throughout the entire peripheral nervous system (PNS).  The PNS includes all nerves going out to muscles as well as sensory nerves coming from the muscles back to the spinal cord.  Learn more