In 1985, Barth A. Green, M.D., world-renowned neurosurgeon, and Nick Buoniconti, NFL Hall of Fame linebacker, joined forces and founded 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.
The Miami Project, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is now considered one of the premier research programs conducting cutting-edge discovery, translational and clinical investigations targeting traumatic spinal cord and brain injury, and other neurological disorders. The Miami Project’s international team of over 175 scientists, researchers, clinicians and support staff is dedicated to improving the quality of life and, ultimately, finding a cure for paralysis. Miami Project researchers are currently conducting clinical studies and trials in spinal cord injury, including testing neuroprotective strategies, cellular therapies using Schwann cell and stem cell transplantation and advanced rehabilitation and neuromodulation approaches including the use of brain machine interface technologies. Other areas of current research include drug discovery for axonal regeneration and immune modulation, neuropathic pain, male fertility and cardiovascular disorders.
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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 the President – It is hard to believe that it’s been more than 34 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.