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Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Awards Nearly $2 Million in Individual Research Grants
Date:1/31/2008

t's an exciting time to be in spinal cord injury research."

A few of this year's grant recipients include:

* Fanie Barnabe-Heider, Ph.D., at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm,

Sweden -- Dr. Barnabe-Heider is researching the manipulation of

endogenous stem cells within the injured spinal cord in an attempt to

further direct the cells to develop into the cells that are critically

needed after an injury has occurred. Through the results yielded from

this project, Dr. Barnabe-Heider hopes to uncover valuable insight into

the development of new therapies for the treatment of spinal cord

injuries.

* Yih-Kuen Jan, Ph.D., at the University of Pittsburgh -- Dr. Jan is

examining the application of local skin cooling as a method to prevent

tissue damage caused by pressure ulcers -- formed by the pressure on

skin that is constantly bearing force from lack of movement causing

insufficient blood supply to the skin and muscles. The local cooling

protocol developed in this study has a great potential to improve

current technology and could facilitate the development of commercial

cushions with cooling capacity for the prevention of pressure ulcers for

people in the paralysis community.

Each research application submitted to CDRF is reviewed by the Foundation's Science Advisory Council, a panel of accomplished neuroscientists who volunteer their time and expertise to evaluate proposals based on scientific merit, relevance to CDRF's research priorities, and promise for clinical application.

CDRF's Individual Research Grants are awarded twice yearly with application deadlines in June and December. For a complete list of grantees or more information on CDRF's research programs and the research projects that are funded, visit: http://www.christopherreeve.org.


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