Senator Nelson Helps Secure $5.6 Million for The Miami Project

Soldiers and others facing paralysis will benefit from new government funding earmarked for the cutting-edge scientific work being done at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the Miller School. On Monday, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson delivered the good news that a key Senate panel has approved $5.6 million for The Miami Project’s advanced research into spinal cord and traumatic brain injury, the hallmark injury of U.S. soldiers serving overseas.

“These brave soldiers deserve the most advanced medical care we can provide,” Senator Nelson said during his visit with Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Dean of the Miller School; Barth Green, M.D., professor and chair of neurological surgery and co-founder of The Miami Project; and Marc Buoniconti, president of The Miami Project.

The new funding Senator Nelson helped secure will fund the continued development of moderate hypothermia treatment to limit paralysis. In an initial phase of a recently completed trial, scientists learned that inducing hypothermia, or controlled cooling, within the first few hours of a traumatic spinal cord or brain injury, can reduce the severity of the injury.

The funding was included in a $670 million Department of Defense spending bill passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee on September 16. The bill now heads to the full Senate for a vote.

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