The groups of Unite 2 Fight Paralysis, Spinal Cord Injury Sucks (SCIS) and Bryon Reisch Foundation put a gift of $130,000 in necessary equipment upgrades into the Blackmore lab. Blackmore cites that seed funding as the catalyst towards securing his larger NIH grant. Here is the LINK to that story.
“You often need startup funds to advance your research to a point where you can pursue larger grants. The gifts and support we receive from these groups are invaluable,” Blackmore says.
Dr. Blackmore used the seed funding to purchase a personal image cytometer – an automated microscope and uses computer algorithms to rapidly analyze complex images and collect detailed data from millions of cells in a process called High Content Screening. The accelerated discovery process helped Dr. Blackmore in his grant application, ultimately leading to the NIH funding.
Dr. Murray Blackmore is an assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University. Dr. Blackmore’s research focuses on the use of gene therapy reagents to treat brain cells damaged in spinal cord injuries. Treating the damaged brain cells leads to axonal growth and regeneration at the injury site. In short, the therapy can reverse some of the paralysis, leading to regained movement and motor control.
FULL ARTICLE: NEWS CENTER AT MARQUETTE – DR. MURRAY BLACKMORE – SPINAL CORD INJURY RESEARCH
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