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Scientific Team

W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.The Miami Project faculty is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of both basic and clinical scientists with expertise in neuroscience. 

 

Message from the Scientific Director, W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.

 

FACULTY 

 

SCHWANN CELL CLINICAL TRIAL FOR CHRONIC SCI APPROVED BY THE FDA

 

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to proceed with a Phase I clinical trial to evaluate the safety of autologous human Schwann cell transplantation in the chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) setting.

 

The clinical protocol of the Phase I trial is focused on safety and feasibility outcomes.  The investigative team is already conducting a Phase I trial assessing safety of autologous Schwann cell transplantation in individuals with subacute SCI.  The new trial will be conducted in parallel and focus on individuals with chronic SCI.  Individuals that are at least 1 year post-injury will have to meet the inclusion/exclusion criteria and agree to participate in the trial, which initially will require approximately 10 months of their time.  Participants will be monitored long-term for a total of five years.  Each participant’s own Schwann cells will be obtained from a sural nerve biopsy.  The Schwann cells will then need to be derived from the nerve and processed in a culturing facility to generate the number of cells necessary for transplantation, and to undergo a purification process.  The cell therapy will be combined with an intense exercise and rehabilitation intervention to maximize outcome.

 

Led by W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Scientific Director, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the Schwann cell clinical trial team is comprised of a multi-disciplinary group of faculty level scientists, neurosurgeons, and staff focused on advancing the trial.

 

 

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The Clinical Trials Initiative is The Miami Project’s efforts to carefully take new discoveries from the laboratory to test as treatments in clinical trials. With a special emphasis on spinal cord injury, the Clinical Trials Initiative was started in 2004 and is aimed at creating the infrastructure needed to gain approval for and to conduct clinical trials at the University of Miami affiliated hospitals. Two treatments we are currently testing under this clinical trials initiative are Schwann cell transplantation and therapeutic hypothermia.  We anticipate these activities will bring new and potentially life-changing treatments to people with central nervous system trauma.

Scientific Research

Barth A. Green, M.D.Our broad scope of collaborative research is dedicated to finding new treatments for spinal cord injury.    

 

Message from the Chairman, Barth A. Green, M.D.

 

 

ADVANCES 

 

DIGNITARIES GATHER FOR THE GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY OF THE CHRISTINE E. LYNN REHABILITATION BUILDING FOR THE MIAMI PROJECT TO CURE PARALYSIS

 

Marc Buoniconti with Christine LynnApril 2015 - Nick and Marc Buoniconti, University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, Jackson Health System President and CEO Carlos A. Migoya, and other dignitaries gathered today to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. 

“UHealth and Jackson provide not only South Florida, but the world with first-class health care across all areas of medicine,” Shalala said. “By combining our shared excellence in neuroscience research, clinical care and rehabilitation, we will be able to provide the most advanced and comprehensive care for patients with spinal cord and brain injuries.”

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ASH'S ADVICE

Many people find it shocking that I am able to maintain my skin, respiratory, bone, muscular and nutritional health so well for someone with such a high spinal cord injury. It would be shocking if my parents and I woke up one day knowing exactly how to keep me healthy after being plunged into a completely new lifestyle, but we didn't.

 

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Human Clinical Trials

Allan D.O. Levi, M.D.The Miami Project has many ongoing clinical trials for spinal cord and brain injury.

 

If you are interested in participating in our clinical trials, complete our intake form today.

 

UPDATE 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Wednesday - May 6, 2015

Gail F. Beach Memorial Visiting Lectureship Series

12pm

LPLC 7th Floor Apex Auditorium

 

T. George Hornby, PT, PhD

Associate Professor

Dept. of  Physical Therapy
University of Chicago
Research Scientist/Director Locomotor Recovery Laboratory
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

 

“Serotonergic Modulation of Motor Function in Human Incomplete SCI”

 


 

 2014-2015 Lecture Schedule

 

 

2014 Research Review

 

 

 
 
 
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