News : 2014 : August

The Miami Project team of physicians, scientists and staff is helping advance spinal cord injury research and treatment.

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Charts Recent Scientific Progress

For The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the Miller School of Medicine, 2014 has been a banner year. Its researchers have been using a bench-to-bedside-and-back-again approach to more efficiently share the findings of their advanced discovery science, translational studies, clinical investigations and FDA-approved trials.

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Noam Alperin, Ph.D.

Research Team Improves Identification of Surgical Candidates for Neurological Disorder

A multidisciplinary group of Miller School of Medicine researchers, collaborating with investigators from the University of Munich and the University of Pittsburgh, has identified 10 complementing morphologic and physiologic measurements that better characterize a neurological disorder known as Chiari Malformation Type I (CMI) and are likely to improve identification of appropriate surgical candidates.

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Xue-Ting Luo, Ph.D.

NIH Director Features “Unique Method” Used by UM Neuroscientist

“Fasten your seat belts! We’re going to fly through the brain of a mouse,” wrote NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., in an article highlighting the work of Xue-Ting Luo, Ph.D., post-doctoral research fellow at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and his mentor Kevin Park, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery.

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From left, Jean Jose, D.O., Lee Kaplan, M.D., and Allan D. Levi, M.D., Ph.D.

Miller/UHealth Team Defines New Surgical Technique for Removing Neuromas

A collaborative report encompassing three Miller School and UHealth departments highlights a new technique for surgically accessing sensory nerves and neuromas. Published online ahead of print in the journal Neurosurgery, the report is the first to illustrate the use of pre-operative ultrasound combined with specialized needle placement to localize the infrapatellar branches of the saphenous nerve.

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W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.

Dr. W. Dalton Dietrich Wins Translational Medicine Prize

W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., Kinetic Concepts Distinguished Chair in Neurosurgery, and Scientific Director of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, received the 2014 Drexel Prize in Translational Medicine during the annual International Symposium on Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

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