Roman Reed Foundation announces funding for paralysis research projects featured at Working 2 Walk 2012

Roman Reed accepts the Kick Ass Advocate Award from U2FP

Roman Reed accepts the Kick Ass Advocate Award from U2FP

Two presenters from Unite 2 Fight Paralysis’s 2012 Working 2 Walk Symposium held in Irvine California last month have been funded by the Roman Reed Foundation Research Grant Program. The announcement was posted on the the Roman Reed Foundation Website. 2012 is the 11th year of the Roman Reed Research Program. A panel of experts from the the spinal cord injury field was assembled to provide outside peer review of Roman Reed Grant applications. Submitted grants were evaluated for scientific merit and the top 10 were funded. A total of $749,311. in grants was awarded by the Roman Reed Research Program.

558973_10151556815677846_1595920267_n Hans Keirstead, PhD UC Irvine – PTEN Inhibition within Human Embryonic Stem Cell Derived Neurons $50,000
Dr. Keirstead’s information can be found HERE.

leif-havton Leif Havton, MD, PhD UC Irvine – Modulation of Voiding Function by Epidural Stimulation After Acute and Chronic Spinal Cord Injury in Rats $50,000
Dr. Havton’s information can be found HERE.

zhigang-cropZhigang He, PhD, UC Berkeley – Assessing the Effect of Combined PTEN and SOCS3 Deletion on Promoting CST Regeneration $100,000
By using different injury models, we found that robust axon regeneration occurs after deletion of PTEN or SOCS3, establishing the first set of genetic models with CNS axon regeneration. Our current studies are investigating whether and how these regenerating axons mediate functional recovery after both optic nerve injury and spinal cord injury. U2FP endorses the “CNS Regeneration Project” with Dr. He HERE.

The other awarded grants are listed below.

Yuh-Nung Jan, PhD, UC San Francisco – Identification and Characterization of a Novel Inhibitory Factor for CNS Axon Regeneration in Dropsophila and Mice. $99,500

David Luo, MD, PhD, UC Irvine – Thrombosondin-4 and Calcium Channel a2g1 Protein Interactions in Mediating Spinal Cord Injury Pain $99,811

David Reinkensmeyer, PhD, UC Irvine – Enhancing Use-Dependent Hand Motor Recovery During Spinal Cord Injury Regeneration with a Grasp Training Robot and Implanted Hand Grasp Sensor $100,000

Michael Sofroniew, MD, PhD, UC Los Angeles – Injectable Biomaterials to Manipulate and Bridge Glial Scars After Spinal Cord Injury $50,000

Yimin Zou, PhD, UC San Diego – Combinatorial Approach for Corticospinal Tract Regeneration. $50,000

Binhai Zheng, PhD, UC San Diego – Enhancing Axon Sprouting and Functional Recovery After Cervical Spinal Cord Injury in Mice. $100,000

Reggie Edgerton, PhD, UC Los Angeles – Identifying Interneurons in the Locomotor and Postural Circuitries of Adult Spinal Rats $50,000


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