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The Miami Project's 2019 Research Review
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The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis was founded in 1985 with the help of Barth A. Green, M.D. and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti after Nick’s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game.  The Miami Project is a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  It is considered the premier investigative research program conducting cutting edge discovery, translational, and clinical investigations targeting spinal cord and brain injuries.  Since its inception, research at The Miami Project has changed the landscape of knowledge and therapeutic strategies for spinal cord and traumatic brain injury.

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Miami Project Researchers Discover Progressive Motor Circuit Recovery after Cell Transplantation

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A Miami Project to Cure Paralysis research team recently published a paper that demonstrates positive motor circuit recovery following cell transplantation. The subjects in this study were all sub-acutely spinal cord injured, which means they are within a few weeks of their injury, and determined by post injury testing to be ASIA complete paraplegic.

The Miami Project team previously reported a Phase 1 study in which they transplanted cells from their own body, autologous purified Schwann cells, into the injured area of the spinal cord of participants with complete sub-acute thoracic spinal cord injury (SCI). That study observed no clinical improvements. This manuscript chronicles the longitudinal electrophysiological assessments of that trial. Six participants underwent neurophysiology screening pre-transplantation and had three subsequent post-transplantation assessments, including motor evoked potentials (MEPs), somatosensory evoked potentials (SSEPs), voluntarily triggered electromyography (EMG) and galvanic skin response (GSR). These tests measure motor, sensory and autonomic function and allow scientists to determine if a connection is present.  Read the entire story here.


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Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center Opens

(February 2021) A new era of rehabilitative care has dawned with the opening of the state-of-the-art Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson Memorial, dedicated to providing the best possible outcomes to  patients. … Continued

Remote Exposure to Neurotrauma Research

(December 2020) Ever wanted to learn more about the neurotrauma research underway at The Miami Project?  Now is your chance because The Miami Project is offering a Remote Exposure to Neurotrauma Research Program.  This is a fully remote, “do at … Continued

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I AM a Face of Paralysis

Paralysis does not discriminate

I AM: Deena

I have always wanted to be a physical therapist. My professor told me about The Miami Project, made me love the profession even more because they are an under-served community, their lives changed in an instant. With TMP it was … Continued

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I AM: Ricky

I AM: Ricky Palermo.  I first fell in love with The Miami Project in 1986, while volunteering as one of the first research participants.  I continue to return to participate in studies.  I believe their will be a cure for … Continued

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I AM: Brain Machine Interface

I am one of the first people to be implanted with a BMI which allows me to move my paralyzed arm and hand using the power of my thoughts. Researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and the Department … Continued

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