Alberto Martinez-Arizala, M.D.
Clinical Professor, Departments of Neurology, Neurological Surgery and Orthopedics & Rehabilitation Medicine
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
1095 NW 14th Terrace (R-48)
Miami, FL 33136
Areas Of Research
Pathophysiology and Treatment of Secondary Complications in Spinal Cord Injury
My research interests focus on two common complications that are seen following spinal cord injury: pain and spasticity. These two symptoms can be quite prominent in a significant number of patients and can interfere with their daily activities and affect their quality of life. My interests include investigating the basis for the development of the different spasticity and pain profiles in the spinal cord injured population and to study potential novel treatments for this conditions.
We have established a very active and comprehensive Pain Team in The Miami Project in order to better characterize the types and causes of pain seen following spinal cord injury. The ultimate goal is to further our understanding of these disorders and to develop more effective treatments. To that end, the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is a major spinal cord injury center which provides patients care for the acutely spinal cord-injured patient and for their comprehensive rehabilitation. This setting provides a significant number of patients in which to study these disorders.
NIH/NINDS Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network Grant (April 2022)
Living With Chronic Pain After Spinal Cord Injury (November 2017)
Are Exoskeletons Ready for Prime Time? (October 2016)
The Miami Project’s Dr. Allan Levi to Begin Novel Stem Cell Trial (October 2014)
American Academy of Neurology
American Spinal Injury Association
Section on Spine – American Academy of Neurology Paralyzed Veterans of America