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Frazier Rehab, UofL earn $2.2 million grant for Spinal Cord Injury Model System
Date:10/19/2011

re provided by Frazier Rehab and UofL by addressing the comprehensive rehabilitative and reintegration needs of patients with spinal cord injury.

  • Conduct an active research program that moves evidence-based approaches to treating spinal cord injury to the clinical setting: In addition to participating with other Spinal Cord Injury Model System centers in at least one collaborative research project, a site-specific study of the anti-spasticity drug baclofen and its impact on locomotion in chronic spinal cord injury patients will be conducted.

  • Enroll at least 30 patients per year 150 total from the four-state area served by the five-year grant in the national Spinal Cord Injury Model System database: Sharing data on patients with spinal cord injury with the other 13 Spinal Cord Injury Model System centers will help standardize and improve the methods essential to treatment and rehabilitation of people living with spinal cord injury.

    Daniel E. Graves, Ph.D., is principal investigator on the grant. He is currently associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine and director of both the NeuroRecovery Center and Spinal Cord Injury Research at Texas Institute for Rehabilitation Research in Houston. He will join UofL and Frazier Rehab in December. Co-principal investigator is Darryl L. Kaelin, M.D., chief of the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UofL Department of Neurosurgery, and medical director, Frazier Rehab Institute. Lead investigator on the site-specific study is Susan J. Harkema, Ph.D., professor, UofL Department of Neurosurgery, UofL; director of research, Frazier Rehab Institute; and director, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's NeuroRecovery Network.

    "I am excited to come to Louisville for this opportunity to work with some of the nation's leading neuroscientists doing groundbreaking work in the field of spinal cord injury," Graves said. "The model sy
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  • Contact: Jill Scoggins
    jill.scoggins@louisville.edu
    502-852-7461
    University of Louisville
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