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Great Sports Legends Dinner to Honor Famous Athletes and Raise Funds for Spinal Cord Injury Research


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Champion Olympic sprinter and bobsledder Lauryn Williams, seen here at the University of Miami’s Black Alumni Society and Woodson Williams Marshall Association 2014 Scholarship Reception last March, will be honored with a group of other famous athletes at the 29th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner.

Champion Olympic sprinter and bobsledder Lauryn Williams, seen here at the University of Miami’s Black Alumni Society and Woodson Williams Marshall Association 2014 Scholarship Reception last March, will be honored with a group of other famous athletes at the 29th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner.

NEW YORK, N.Y. (July 31, 2014) –Olympic champion and University of Miami alumna Lauryn Williams, who became only the fifth person in history to medal at both the Summer and Winter Games when she captured silver at Sochi last February, is among an all-star lineup of famous athletes who will be honored September 29 at the annual Great Sports Legends Dinner at New York’s Waldorf Astoria.

NBA champion Hakeem Olajuwon, two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Cowher, NFL Hall of Famer and former Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Warren Sapp, and decorated Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton will also be honored. Read the full story

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An Unbreakable Bond Makes World Debut at Miami International Film Festival


By Scott Roy
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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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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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Iconic Sports Figures Gather to Raise Funds for Spinal Cord Injury Research

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Iconic Sports Figures Gather to Raise Funds for Spinal Cord Injury Research


Nick Buoniconti, left, and his son Marc, center, are surrounded by honorees and leaders at the 28th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner.

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

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