Posted on 14 March 2014
By Scott Roy
Special to UM News
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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Posted on 07 November 2013
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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Posted on 25 October 2013
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
Posted on 04 October 2013
Nick Buoniconti, left, and his son Marc, center, are surrounded by honorees and leaders at the 28th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner.
Donations totaling $3.2 million from two well-known philanthropists will help fund a new round of human Schwann cell clinical trials as well as provide much-needed support for spinal cord injury research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
The impromptu gifts were made September 30 during the 28th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York—an event at which some of the greatest sports legends of our time joined celebrities, corporate leaders, and others to help raise funds for the comprehensive spinal cord injury research center dedicated to finding a cure to paralysis. Read the full story
Posted on 26 July 2013
Ian D. Hentall, left, and Jonathan Jagid.
Borrowing a treatment strategy proven to work for Parkinson’s disease, a multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Ian D. Hentall, research associate professor of neurological surgery, and Jonathan Jagid, associate professor of neurological surgery, expect to begin a clinical trial this fall to determine if electrically stimulating the brain of patients with spinal cord injuries can reduce their pain and other debilitating symptoms, perhaps permanently. Read the full story
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