Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Adds Two World-Class Scientists to Research Staff


Dr. Vance Lemmon, Dr. John Bixby to Concentrate on Nerve Regeneration

MIAMI, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the world's most comprehensive facility dedicated to finding a cure for paralysis, is proud to announce the addition of two of the country's best neurological researchers to their staff, where they will concentrate on the science of nerve regeneration and nerve fiber growth.

Vance Lemmon, Ph.D., joins The Miami Project as the Walter G. Ross Distinguished Professor in Developmental Neuroscience. Dr. Lemmon comes to The Miami Project from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where he served as a Professor of Neuroscience for one of the nation's top medical schools. His research will focus on the role of molecules in the regeneration of nerve connections in the central nervous system. He will extend current studies to learn how neural cell adhesion molecules signal when and where neurons grow. He will also undertake new studies in search of novel proteins that can promote regeneration.

John L. Bixby, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at the University of Miami School of Medicine, joins The Miami Project with a new appointment in the Department of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Bixby will continue to investigate, at the molecular level, the formation and maintenance of nerve connections. For the past 15 years, his lab has been studying the binding interactions and signaling mechanisms of molecules that direct the growth of nerve fibers during development and regeneration.

Regeneration research is one of the most exciting and promising areas of study at The Miami Project. The research team at The Miami Project, hopeful towards finding a cure and with the added collaborations of Drs. Lemmon and Bixby, will continue to examine how to influence nerve fibers to make the proper connections within the central nervous system.

"The Miami Project seeks outstanding investigators in spinal cord injury research to work collectively across their disciplines towards finding a cure for paralysis," said Dr. W. Dalton Dietrich, Scientific Director, The Miami Project. "We are extremely excited about the addition of Drs. Lemmon and Bixby and look forward to their contributions to our research team."

With a staff of more than 120 research scientists from around the world, The Miami Project is a model center for training and collaborative research based on shared knowledge within the scientific community. The Miami Project's unique approach to research was highlighted by NBC's Katie Couric following a feature on The Today Show, " ... they're [Miami Project] very good about sharing their information in the strides they're making with each other when it comes to this [paralysis research]."

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami School of Medicine, is the world's largest, most comprehensive research center dedicated to finding more effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for paralysis that results from spinal cord injury.

The Miami Project was founded in 1985 through the vision and dedicated efforts of Dr. Barth Green, an internationally recognized expert in the field of spinal cord injury. National attention focused on The Miami Project following the injury of football legend Nick Buoniconti's son, Marc.

For more information or to make a contribution to The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, please visit www.themiamiproject.org or call 1-800-STAND-UP.

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