FDA Approves Spinal Cord Injury Trials

on 08/11/2012

Over the next few weeks, 8 persons who recently suffered a spinal cord injury will have their Schwann cells injected into the site of the injury.  The hope is that in these persons, the injections of nerve cells will help treat paralysis.  The personal injury lawyers at our firm are pleased to report that the Food and Drug Administration has approved new spinal injury clinical trials that are believed to be the first of their kind in the world.

The trials will be conducted by the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a project that is dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injury.  The founders of the Miami Project are former NFL linebacker Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc who suffered a devastating spinal cord injury during a football game back in 1985. 

Since the injury, Marc has remained paralyzed below the neck, but his paralysis has not diminished his quest to find a complete cure for spinal cord injury.  Millions of dollars have been invested, and those efforts seem to have finally borne fruit.  The federal agency has approved the phase 1 clinical trials to go ahead.

A total of 8 patients who have recently suffered a spinal cord injury will be part of the trial.  The researchers are calling on people who meet the criteria for the trials to come forward. 

Initially, this will be just a preliminary trial that will mainly focus on the safety of the treatment.  As such, personal injury attorneys do not expect to find dramatic improvements in the condition of these patients.  However, if the treatments are found to be safe, the trials could be intensified, and the researchers expect to see some improvement in the patients then.

Our lawyers are all-too-familiar with spinal cord injuries. Whether caused by an automotive defect or by a workplace accident, these injuries are devastating and life-changing. If you or someone you know suffered a debilitating back or neck injury which led to paraplegia or quadriplegia, you should seek the advice of legal counsel to determine if another party's negligence was the cause.

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