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The Miami Project – Working to Cure Paralysis

October 31, 2013

Housed in the Lois Pope LIFE Center, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis works to help individuals suffering from spinal cord and brain injuries that limit or prevent movement. Recently, a six-year study conducted by Miami Project researchers, in conjunction with their colleagues at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was published in the journal of the International Spinal Cord Society, Spinal Cord. The study, which focused on the use of mild hypothermia in order to treat acute spinal cord injuries, represents a major step forward in efforts to cure paralysis.

The study involved 35 patients who had suffered acute cervical spinal cord injuries. Researchers utilized intravascular cooling methods in order to bring body temperatures down to 33 degrees Celsius, providing a neuro-protective effect. Forty-three percent of these patients enjoyed superior neurological outcomes as compared to the normal outcomes for this type of injury, a statistically significant number that indicates a way to help physicians treat acute cervical spinal cord injuries. The Miami Project at the Lois Pope LIFE Center plans to follow up this research with further trials, including multi-center studies designed to test the efficacy of the procedure in clinical settings.

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