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  1. #21
    Maybe I can add another question to this thread.
    I think that most of us understand that the problem is not only what to fund, but how to get people working together so that promising things are not wasted.
    Some have told me that there is massive collaboration, but for some reason I don't think there is massive collaboration with all the information.

    How can we promote more collaboration and cooperation especially because I think that it's going to be some kind of combination that gets us out our chairs.
    Dennis Tesolat
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  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by lunasicc42 View Post
    a current list of trials and statuses of their progress.... Doesn't the u2fp website already have that?
    Yep, but I think we should have also a list of promising SCI research at basic and pre-clinical stage.
    In God we trust; all others bring data. - Edwards Deming

  3. #23
    One very promising line of research to cure SCI, in my opinion, is the use of biomaterials.

    There are many research groups that are working on that which should be funded as they need.
    Just to mention a few:

    - Robert Langer, we know InVivo collaborate with him
    - Neurogel that has been mentioned already (I am not a fan of it BTW, but that
    doesn't matter)
    - Nanotope inc. http://www.nanotope.com/ Jack Kessler is involved with it
    - I would for sure support also Dr. Fabrizio Gelain
    Researchers in Italy, led by Angelo Vescovi and Fabrizio Gelain....
    .....in collaboration with the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at MIT, have now demonstrated the repair of a chronically injured spinal cord by attempting to replace the fluid-filled cyst found in these lesions with a neuroprosthetics conducive to tissue reconstruction and axonal regeneration.
    http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=19962.php

    - Eva Sykova has been working on biomaterials for long time and she is about to go to clinical trials with a hydrogel
    - several more around I can't remember at the moment...
    Last edited by paolocipolla; 08-29-2011 at 05:12 PM.
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  4. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by StemCells&AtomBombs View Post

    Some have told me that there is massive collaboration, but for some reason I don't think there is massive collaboration with all the information.

    How can we promote more collaboration and cooperation especially because I think that it's going to be some kind of combination that gets us out our chairs.
    A way I see is to set up an X-Prize with a goal ambitous enough that a single researcher can't go for it.
    That should encourage researchers to form teams to compete for the price (& for the glory) that will come from getting people out of w/c. Like it or not these are very effective (and natural) motivating forces in human beens.
    Last edited by paolocipolla; 08-29-2011 at 05:13 PM.
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  5. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by paolocipolla View Post
    A way I see is to set up an X-Prize with a goal ambitous enough that a single researcher can't go for it.
    That should encourage researchers to form teams to compete for the price (& for the glory) that will come from getting people out of w/c. Like it or not these are very effective (and natural) motivating forces in human beens.
    Yes, I think using natural motivational factors to get people to make teams is a tremendous idea.
    I think that scientists working independently at universities laboratories would love to try to work together to solve this problem.
    How much do you think a good prize amount would be?
    $10,000,000? That's only $500,000 per each G20 country. The Canadian government may feel ripped off though after they consider all the millions they gave to RHF!!
    Dennis Tesolat
    www.StemCellsandAtomBombs.blogspot.com

    "Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom."
    Martin Luther King

  6. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by StemCells&AtomBombs View Post
    Yes, I think using natural motivational factors to get people to make teams is a tremendous idea.
    I think that scientists working independently at universities laboratories would love to try to work together to solve this problem.
    How much do you think a good prize amount would be?
    $10,000,000? That's only $500,000 per each G20 country. The Canadian government may feel ripped off though after they consider all the millions they gave to RHF!!
    I think 10.000.000,00 should be enough.... maybe more should be considered.

    Here is a video about X-Prize and some mechanisms activated by an incentive prize:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1fVh...nt_0Bg&lf=plpp
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    You hit the nail on the head there. X prize. I said this about 10 years ago. $$$ = incentive = motivation and innovation.

  8. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by cpaul View Post
    paolocipolla

    You hit the nail on the head there. X prize. I said this about 10 years ago. $$$ = incentive = motivation and innovation.
    Time to hit the nail on the head precisely with a bullet!

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