Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
|Founder(s)||Nick Buoniconti & Barth A. Green, M.D.|
|Headquarters||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Key people||Marc A. Buoniconti, President
W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.,Scientific Director
Suzanne M. Sayfie, Executive Director
Diana C. Berning, Administrative Director
|Focus||spinal cord injury & tramatic brain injury|
|Mission||research and treatment of paralysis|
|Owner||University of Miami|
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The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis was co-founded in 1985 by Barth A. Green, M.D. and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti after Buoniconti's son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, The Miami Project is the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center and a designated Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Miami Project’s international team is housed in the Lois Pope LIFE Center and includes more than 250 scientists, researchers and clinicians who take innovative approaches to the challenge of spinal cord injury
The Miami Project’s Christine E. Lynn Human Clinical Trials Initiative will take discoveries found to be successful in laboratory studies and fast track them to human studies with the approval of the FDA. The Miami Project is well positioned and confident that we have the expertise, knowledge and drive to navigate through the process and continue to initiate new human clinical trials. Since its inception, The Miami Project has worked carefully and diligently towards these goals and the results show that the time is right to make these important steps into humans.
In July 2012, The Miami Project was granted approval by the FDA to proceed with a Schwann cell implantation clinical trial. In November 2012, doctors from the University of Miami implanted the first patient with his own Schwann cells, initiating phase 1 of the trial, a test of the safety and efficacy of the technique.
The Buoniconti Fund
Committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again, the Buoniconti family established The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis in 1992, a non-profit organization devoted to assisting The Miami Project achieve its national and international goals.
Lois Pope LIFE Center
The Center is located in the Schoninger research quadrangle at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. It was named in honor of Lois Pope, who donated $10 million toward its construction, and of her charity Leaders in Furthering Education (LIFE). The building opened on October 26, 2000. Pope's gift also funds 20 LIFE Fellows for neurological research. The six-story 180,000 sq ft (17,000 m2) building cost $28 million and was designed by MGE Architects. The block of NW 11th Avenue in front of the building has been named Buoniconti Drive.
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