Nanofiber Scaffolds—
What Else Is New?

Reprinted from PN February 2009

Nerve regeneration. Increased function. Improved respiration. Mortality risk factors. Pressure-ulcer guidelines. Spinal-cord-injury research on these and other topics receives a boost from grants totaling more than $1 million.

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Veronica Tom, PhD, and her team will try to unify two different approaches to promote SCI recovery.
The PVA Research Foundation has announced its 2009 grant awardees. The foundation is devoted to putting grant money toward work that will advance the science needed to understand and treat spinal-cord injury and disease (SCI/D).

Grants were awarded in basic science, clinical, fellowships, and conferences. The basic science category is built on important laboratory research, while clinical studies work to improve medical, psychosocial, and economic effects of SCI.

Fellowships for postdoctoral scientists, clinicians, and engineers encourage training and specialization in the field of spinal-cord research. Conferences are valuable opportunities for collaboration and interaction among scientists, healthcare providers, consumers, and others involved in the SCI-research community.

Arun Jayaraman, PhD, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, received PVA's most distinguished fellowship award, the 2009 Fritz Krauth Memorial Fellowship, for his project "Increasing Central Excitability to Improve Function Following SCI."

The Krauth Fellowship is a distinguished award presented annually by the PVA Research Foundation. Krauth was a PVA member, donor, and U.S. Navy veteran who sustained an SCI while a naval aviator. Before his death in 2002, he provided a generous gift to PVA to support research initiatives approved by the foundation. The award is an important resource in supporting ground-breaking research focused on alleviating the effects of and finding a cure for SCI/D.

Dr. Joseph M. Corey received one of the grants in the basic science area for his research on "Nanofiber Scaffolds for Directed Nerve Regeneration." Among the grantees in the clinical area was Dr. Bridget Smith for "The Management of Lipid Disorders in Veterans with SCI/D." Read specifics about all the grants in the February PN.


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