Find treatments and cures for spinal cord injuries.
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is committed to finding treatments and cures for spinal cord injuries.
Toward that end, the Foundation seeks out some of the most brilliant minds in neuroscience and other fields like immunology and molecular biology. We look for researchers who are poised to deliver the answers that will change the lives of spinal-cord injured people worldwide.
Our exciting research programs accelerate the progress toward our goals. The CDRF Individual Research Grants Program, CDRF International Research Consortium on Spinal Cord Injury, and the Core Pilot Program contribute both basic and applied research, the essential groundwork for effective therapies. The Individual Research Grants Program identifies and invests in talented young scientists and proven veterans from many disciplines who move us closer to therapies. The CDRF International Research Consortium brings together seven renowned neuroscientists for collaborative projects that are beyond the scope of any single laboratory. The Core Pilot Program encourages accomplished researchers from other fields to explore how their expertise might apply to spinal cord injuries. For example, a strategy that shows promise for preventing Alzheimer's disease might reduce cell damage following a spinal cord injury.
We are working on other fronts as well. The CDRF North American Clinical Trials Network and the NeuroRecovery Network are hastening the day when successful experimental treatments move from the laboratory to the clinic. The Translational Research Fund advances discoveries that are on the verge of human testing. And the Clinical Trials Network is building the scientific infrastructure and protocols that will enable researchers to move proposed clinical trials of SCI treatments to a successful reality. The NeuroRecovery Network develops specialized centers to provide activity-based therapies to people living with spinal cord injury and certain other neurological disorders. This effort is making the latest approaches to rehabilitation more widely available.
Some day doctors will provide comprehensive treatments for spinal cord injuries. In the meantime, the cadre of dedicated scientists who receive CDRF support are answering the complicated questions posed by spinal cord injuries and transforming those answers into clinical solutions.
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