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Project to Cure Paralysis: Cooling After Spinal Cord Injury

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The University of Miami is frequently at the cutting edge of advances in medical research, especially accidental spinal cord injury and paralysis. As an alum of "the U" and a lifelong follower of spinal cord research, Virginia spine injury lawyer Doug Landau of the ABRAMS LANDAU Herndon law firm noted the recent peer-reviewed publication of research findings by his alma mater in Coral Gables, Florida.

A team led by Allan Levi, professor of neurological surgery, clinical researcher at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and chief of Jackson Memorial Hospital’s neurospine service, published findings in the journal NEUROSURGERY supporting the use of mild hypothermia in acute spinal cord injury. An earlier manuscript by Levi and colleagues in the Journal of Neurotrauma addressed techniques and time frames for the procedure. Much of the pre-clinical investigative data, pioneered by Miami Project and Miller School researchers, shows systemic intravascular cooling is safe and can decrease severity of injury. So far UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is the world’s only institution conducting regimented hypothermia treatment and follow-up for acute spinal cord injuries.