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An Unbreakable Bond Makes World Debut at Miami International Film Festival


By Scott Roy
Special to UM News

Unbreakable-Bond

At the film debut, from left, Tom Brokaw, Barth Green, M.D., Nick Buoniconti, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, and Bob Costas.

MIAMI, Fla. (March 14, 2014)—A star-studded roster of attendees came out for the world debut of An Unbreakable Bond, a film by Emilio Estefan that documents the relationship between NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, his son Marc, and their nearly three-decade struggle to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.  Read the full story

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Teach at the Miami Brain Fair on March 22; No Special Knowledge Needed


Are you interested in teaching? Consider volunteering for just a couple of hours at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis’ 2014 Miami Brain Fair on Saturday, March 22. It’s a lot of fun and a terrific opportunity to teach and enhance your resume. The Miami Project will supply the teaching materials, exhibits, and activities; volunteer teachers just need to come and help teach basic neuroscience concepts to the public. You do NOT need specialized neuroscience knowledge since The Miami Project will provide  all of the information needed to teach kids.

The Brain Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Museum of Science, 3280 South Miami Avenue, in Miami. Kids can touch and dissect a real brain, build a neuron, record from their own muscles, find out if they are super tasters, and much more. There are  lots of activities to fit anyone’s interests, so if you would like to volunteer at the Brain Fair, fill out the volunteer registration at www.themiamiproject.org/brainfair and return it by email to brainfair@med.miami.edu.

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Emilio Estefan Film on Nick and Marc Buoniconti’s Struggle to Cure Paralysis Premieres at Miami International Film Festival

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Emilio Estefan Film on Nick and Marc Buoniconti’s Struggle to Cure Paralysis Premieres at Miami International Film Festival


unbreakablebondAn Unbreakable Bond, a film  by Grammy Award-winning producer Emilio Estefan documents the relationship between NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son, Marc, both University of Miami trustees, and their  nearly three-decade struggle to find a cure for spinal cord injuries at The  Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at UM’s Miller School of Medicine. The documentary will make its world debut at the 31st Miami International Film Festival on Tuesday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Olympia Theater at The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.

Narrated by Buoniconti Fund board member and Grammy winner Gloria Estefan, a UM trustee and alumna, the film includes appearances by special friends and ardent supporters of The Miami Project, including Academy Award-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones, television journalists Tom Brokaw and Bob Costas, NFL Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula, Golf Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus, and Miller School neurosurgeon Barth Green, who cofounded The Miami Project with Nick Buoniconti after Marc, who earned his bachelor’s degree from UM in 1993, was paralyzed in a college football game in 1985.

Through historic footage and interviews with key supporters, doctors, family, and friends, the film re-creates the tribulations and triumphs of this remarkable story. It also documents for future generations a journey of greatness, tragedy, inspiration, and hope. Ultimately, this is a story of an unbreakable bond between a father and son. A father and son who are not accustomed to standing still. A father and son who believe that all were born to move and chose to do something about it.

Click here to see the trailer for An Unbreakable Bond. UM faculty, staff, and students can purchase tickets directly by clicking here or calling 305-405-6433.

The Olympia Theatre – Gusman Center is located at 174 East Flagler Street in downtown Miami. The film festival is produced and presented by Miami Dade College.

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UM/Jackson Surgeons Perform First Combination Nerve Graft to Repair Severed Sciatic Nerve


Allan Levi, M.D., Ph.D., center, discusses the historic surgery performed on Danielle Press, far left, who is seated with her parents, Charles Press and Lourdes Mangas, as Gabriel Ruiz, M.D., assistant professor of surgery, and Fernando Vilella, M.D., assistant professor of orthoapedics, look on.

Allan Levi, center, professor of neurological surgery, discusses the historic surgery performed on Danielle Press, far left, who is seated with her parents, Charles Press and Lourdes Mangas, as Gabriel Ruiz, assistant professor of surgery, and Fernando Vilella, assistant professor of orthoapedics, look on.

When Danielle Press was severely injured in a boating accident off Key Biscayne and rushed to the Ryder Trauma Center the afternoon of September 14, she never dreamed she’d make medical history. But a month after her accident, Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital surgeons performed the world’s first nerve graft using a combination of Press’ own nerve and Schwann cells to repair her severely injured sciatic nerve.

The UM/Jackson team who saved Danielle’s life and performed the historic procedure gathered with the 26-year-old and her parents October 29 to share her story with news media. Sitting in a wheelchair with her left leg immobilized, Danielle said the details of the accident remain a blur, but she now “takes every day as a gift.” Her father, Charles Press, chief of the Key Biscayne Police Department, credited first responders and the “fantastic team of doctors” at UM/Jackson. “To this day,” he said, “we know that’s why she has survived to now.” Read the full story

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The Miami Project’s Mary Bartlett Bunge Elected to Institute of Medicine


Mary Bartlett Bunge is the sixth UM faculty member to be elected to the Institute of Medicine.

Mary Bartlett Bunge is the sixth UM faculty member to be elected to the Institute of Medicine.

Mary Bartlett Bunge, Ph.D., professor of cell biology, neurological surgery and neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, an extraordinary honor that reflects the height of professional achievement and commitment to service in health and medicine.

Bunge, who joined the UM faculty 24 years ago, has worked for nearly four decades on the Schwann cell, which she and her late husband, Richard Bunge, M.D., determined to be a key to helping repair damaged spinal cords. Her work with Schwann cells has led to numerous discoveries and is now central to The Miami Project’s phase one clinical trial to evaluate the safety of transplanting the Schwann cells of recently paralyzed patients into the site of their injury. This work will serve as a foundation for future cell replacement and regeneration trials at The Miami Project. Read the full story

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