Supporting the SCI Community at the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation- Joy Guihama

Ms. Guihama gives an overview of The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, the largest private funder of spinal cord injury research.

Today, the Foundation funds SCI scientific research (basic, translational, clinical and psychosocial research); quality of life programs; postdoctoral and SCI medicine fellowships; and other projects to support the SCI community throughout the United States and Canada. In recent years we have witnessed the cutbacks of funding through the National Institute of Health in the field of spinal cord injury research. Luckily, we’ve had the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation supplementing some of those critical grants that otherwise would have not come to fruition.

I encourage you to read and study through the 5 page list of grant recipients working on chronic stage and clinically translatable projects at their WEBSITE LINK HERE. It’s called SCIRTS (Spinal Cord Injury Research on the Translational Spectrum). Their next round of funding will be late summer 2014 in three different funding catagories. They’ve changed the funding opportunity from a one time yearly submission cycle to twice a year. In addition, they’ve increased the funding from approximately 4 million dollars to 12 million annually. In this highly competitive field, they’ve received 274 letters of intent in a funding cycle and narrowed it to 21 funded projects.

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has supported Unite 2 Fight Paralysis through educational grants to host the Working 2 Walk Symposium for the SCI community so researchers and participants can collaborate and push forward with curative therapies through funding the best projects, legislative actions and increased advocacy.

Without your valuable support of Unite 2 Fight Paralysis volunteers and your generous donations directed to the Working 2 Walk Video Library, the annual symposium video presentations could not be made possible for the paralysis community. (Thank you for your generous support in supplying this educational material for research and advocacy to cure paralysis).

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