Thursday, August 2, 2012

A Big Deal


“We believe today’s announcement is just as important to our field as man’s first step on the moon was to the space program.”
-Neurosurgeon Barth Green, M.D., Co-Founder and Chairman of The Miami Project.
August, 2012

I'm ashamed to admit I hadn't heard of The Miami Project before today. A dear news friend alerted us to a major announcement by the organization.

The Miami Project was founded in 1985, and is said to be the world's most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center.

On their website, in bold lettering and all caps is the following headline: "FDA GIVES MIAMI PROJECT TO CURE PARALYSIS GREEN LIGHT TO BEGIN HUMAN CLINICAL TRIAL."

The article goes on to read:

"The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has received permission from the Food and Drug Administration to begin a revolutionary Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety of transplanting human Schwann cells to treat patients with recent spinal cord injuries."

Who knows what this could mean for the future of regulated cell-based therapy in the US.

Great, great potential. Exciting news. Gives us a reason to be even more hopeful for this ongoing research.

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