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FAU Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series Presents ‘New Discoveries Targeting Spinal Cord Injury’

BOCA RATON, FL (January 10, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will present W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., from The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, as part of the 2012 Frontiers in Science public lecture series. “New Discoveries Targeting Spinal Cord Injury” will take place on Friday, January 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Charles E. Schmidt Biomedical Science Center, Room 126, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

Dietrich will discuss the exciting progress that is being made at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, in the field of brain and spinal cord research. Brain and spinal cord injuries may result in devastating neurological problems and are a major cause of death and disability worldwide.  More than 1.5 million people sustain some type of traumatic brain injury in the United States each year.  Currently, limited therapies are available to protect and promote recovery for people suffering from traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. 

“Our work at the Miami Project over the past 26 years has led to discoveries in the understanding of the complexity of traumatic injury and ways to protect and promote recovery in experimental as well as clinical situations,” said Dietrich.  “We are now at a stage where Miami Project discoveries are being translated to people, which will bring us one important step closer to developing effective treatment options for people suffering from neurotrauma.”

Dietrich is scientific director for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis; the Kinetic Concepts distinguished chair in neurosurgery; the senior associate dean for Discovery Science; as well as a professor of neurological surgery, neurology and cell biology and anatomy for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship in Science.  Printing and mailing of lecture series materials are made possible by a Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant, a component fund of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

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