Research Grants

2017

Principal Investigator: Dr. Shaker Kurpad
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Title: “$1 Million Endowment to Support Spinal Cord Injury Research and Establish the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation Laboratories.”
Amount of grant: $100,000 of a $1,000,000 Commitment

Principal Investigator: Dr. Murray Blackmore
Institution: Marquette University
Title: “Combined Gene Therapy and Stem Cell Transplantation for Spinal Cord Injury”
Amount of grant: $50,000

Principal Investigator: Dr. Paul J. Reier
Institution: University of Florida
Title: “Electrical Stimulation to Direct Axonal Growth After SCI”
Amount of grant: $79,088

2016

Principal Investigator: Dr. Shaker Kurpad
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Title: “$1 Million Endowment to Support Spinal Cord Injury Research and Establish the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation Laboratories.”
Amount of grant: $100,000 of a $1,000,000 Commitment

Principal Investigator: Dr. Murray Blackmore
Institution: Marquette University
Title: “Combined Gene Therapy And Stem Cell Grafting to Promote Recovery from Spinal Injury”
Amount of grant: $50,000

Principal Investigator: Dr. Yanking Wang’s
Institution: Case Western
Title: “Longitudinal PET Imaging of Spinal Cord Injury”
Amount of grant: $49,702

2015

Principal Investigator: Dr. Dennis Maiman & Dr. Shaker Kurpad
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin Title: “$1 Million Endowment to Support Spinal Cord Injury Research and Establish the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation Laboratories.”
Amount of grant: $100,000 of a $1,000,000 Commitment

Principal Investigator: Dr. Murray Blackmore
Institution: Marquette University
Title: “Genome editing of Novel Growith-Inhibitory Genes in SCI”
Amount of grant: $50,000

Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniel Gaudin
Institution: The University of Toledo College of Medicine
Title: “Evolution of spinal cord stimulator’s in patients with paralysis post spinal cord injury”
Amount of grant: $47,700

Principal Investigator: Dr. W. Dalton Dietrich, III
Institution: The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Title: “Schwann cell transplantation clinical trial in those with chronic spinal cord injuries”
Amount of grant: $40,000

2014

Principal Investigator: Dr. Dennis Maiman & Dr. Shaker Kurpad
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Title: “$1 Million Endowment to Support Spinal Cord Injury Research and Establish the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation Laboratories.”
Amount of grant: $100,000 of a $1,000,000 Commitment

Principal Investigator: Dr. Amgad Hanna
Institution: University of Wisconsin
Title: “Local Sustained Delivery of Interleukin-10 to Attenuate Secondary Damage and Promote Functional Recovery after Spinal Cord Injury”
Amount of grant: $38,042

Principal Investigator: Dr. Murray Blackmore
Institution: Marquette University
Title: “A Gene Therapy Approach to Degrading CSPG Barriers to Axon Regeneration”
Amount of grant: $50,000

Principal Investigator: Dr. W. Dalton Dietrich, III
Institution: The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Title: “The Human Schwann Cell Transplantation Therapy Program”
Amount of grant: $50,000

2013

Principal Investigator: Dr. Dennis Maiman & Dr. Shaker Kurpad
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Title: “$1 Million Endowment to Support Spinal Cord Injury Research and Establish the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation Laboratories.”
Amount of grant: $100,000 of a $1,000,000 Commitment

Principal Investigator: Dr. W. Dalton Dietrich, III
Institution: The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Title: “The Human Schwann Cell Transplantation Therapy Program”
Amount of grant: $50,000

Principal Investigator: Dr. Murray Blackmore
Institution: Marquette University
Title: “A Gene Therapy Approach to Degrading CSPG Barriers to Axon Regeneration”
Amount of grant: $40,000

2012

Principal Investigator: Dr. Dennis Maiman & Dr. Shaker Kurpad
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Title: “$1 Million Endowment to Support Spinal Cord Injury Research and Establish the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation Laboratories.”
Amount of grant: $100,000 of a $1,000,000 Commitment

Principal Investigator: Dr. W. Dalton Dietrich, III
Institution: The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Title: “The Human Schwann Cell Transplantation Therapy Program”
Amount of grant: $50,000

Principal Investigator: Dr. Amgad Hanna
Institution: University of Wisconsin
Title: Peripheral Nerve Grafts & Sustained Therapeutic Protein Delivery to Promote Axonal Regeneration Following Spinal Cord”
Amount of grant: $35,985

2011

Principal Investigator: Dr. Dennis Maiman & Dr. Shaker Kurpad
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Title: “$1 Million Endowment to Support Spinal Cord Injury Research and Establish the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation Laboratories.”
Amount of grant: $100,000 of a $1,000,000 Commitment

Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniel Becker
Institution: Kenndy Krieger Institute
Title: “CNS Growth Factory Release in Response to Functional Electrical Stimulation”
Amount of grant: $37,545

2010

Principal Investigator: Dr. Dennis Maiman & Dr. Shaker Kurpad
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Title: “$1 Million Endowment to Support Spinal Cord Injury Research and Establish the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation Laboratories.”
Amount of grant: $100,000 of a $1,000,000 Commitment

Principal Investigator: Dr. W. Dalton Dietrich, III
Institution: The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Title: “Phase 1 Clinical Safety Trial in Human Patients with Spinal Cord Injury Paralysis to Test the Safety and Tolerability of Human Schwann Cells
Amount of grant: $50,000

2009

Principal Investigator: Dr. Margaret Wheatley
Institution: Drexel University
Title: “Development of an implantable construct for synergistic injury treatment”
Amount of grant: $46,275.00

Principal Investigator: Dr. Arshak R. Alexanian
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Dennis J. Maiman
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Title: “Transplantation of human neurally induced mesenchymal stem cells into the injured spinal cord of rats”
Amount of grant: $40,000.00

Principal Investigator: Dr. Melissa R. Andrews
Institution: University of Cambridge, Brain Repair Centre
Title: “Evaluating the use of integrins for axonal regeneration”
Amount of grant: $47,176.68

2008

Principal Investigator: Dr. Margaret Wheatley
Institution: Drexel University
Title: Development of an implantable construct for synergistic injury treatment
Amount of grant: $47,300

Principal Investigator: Dr. Wale Suliaman
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Title: “Application of Diffuse Tensor Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DTMRI) to assess Axonal Regeneration after Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) in the Cat- A Pilot Study”
Amount of grant: $35,000

Principal Investigator: Dr. Damien Pearse
Institution: University of Miami
Title: “Examination of the Toxicology Profile and Neuroprotective Efficacy of PDE Inhibitors in Non-Human Primates after SCI as a Prelude to Clinical Testing in Humans”
Amount of grant: $50,000

Principal Investigator: Dr. John Kessler
Institution: Northwestern University
Title: “Molecular Approaches to Spinal Cord Injury”
Amount of grant: $40,000

2007

Principal Investigator: Dr. Sieber-Blum
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Title: “Adult Neural Crest Stem Cell Grafts in the Injured Spinal Cord”
Amount of grant: $41,739

Principal Investigator: Dr. Wheatley
Institution: Drexel University Title: “Development of an implantable construct for synergistic injury treatment”
Amount of grant: $50,495

2006

Principal Investigator: Dr. Martin Grumet
Institution: WM Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience
Title: “Combination Therapy Using Cells and Chondroitinase”
Amount of grant: $30,000

Principal Investigator: Dr. Melissa Macias, Drs. Kurpad and Maiman
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Title: “Transplantation of GDNF-Transfected Human Stem Cells in the Injured Spinal Cord”
Amount of grant: $30,000

Principal Investigator: Dr. Barry Festoff
Institution: Kansas City VA Medical Center, University of Kansas Medical Center
Title: “Novel therapeutic approaches to SCI: seRNA and thrombin signaling”
Amount of grant: $64,275

2005

Principal Investigator: Dr. Damien Pearse
Institution: The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Title: “Preclinical Evaluation of Rolipram for Human Spinal Cord Injury: Determination of the Therapeutic Window, Dose, and Route of Administration of the Phosphodiesterase Inhibitor, Rolipram, for the Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury”
Amount of grant: $29,360

Principal Investigator: Dr. Crowe
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Title: “Use of Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy Combined with Degradation of the Glial Scar to Promote Regrowth of Spinal Axons Following Acute Spinal Cord Injury”
Amount of grant: 27,915

Principal Investigator: Dr. Kurpad, Dr. Maiman, Dr. Alexanian
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Title: “Transplantation of Neurogenin-2 Expressing C17.2 Neural Stem Cells for the Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury”
Amount of grant: $25,000

2004

Principal Investigator: Dr. Mary Eaton
Institution: Miami Project
Title: “Mechanisms of Chronic Neuropathic Pain Following Severe Contusive SCI and the Effects of Enriched Environment”
Amount of grant: $25,851

Principal Investigator: Dr. Kurpad, Dr. Maiman, Dr. Alexanian
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Title: “Transplantation of genetically modified C17.2 neural stem cells for the treatment of spinal cord injury”
Amount of grant: $25,000

Program: Visiting Scholar Program
Institution: W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers University
Title: Dr. Hashimoto studying:
1. Olfactory Ensheathening Glia (OEGs)
2. Erthropoietin (EPO)
3. Umbilical cord blood stem cells (UCB)
Amount of grant: $50,000

2003

Principal Investigator: Dr. Wise Young
Institution: W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience Rutgers University
Title: “Erythropoietin (EPO) Therapy in Spinal Cord Injury”
Amount of grant: $25,000

Principal Investigator: Dr. Su-Chen Zhang
Institution: Waisman Center University of Wisconsin-Madison
Title: “Remyelination of Injured Spinal Cord Axons by Stem Cells
Amount of grant: $27,800

Principal Investigator: Dr. Maria Crowe (PI)
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Title: “Examination of Matrix Metalloprotease Secretion from Cultured Fibroblasts to Relieve Inhibition of Regenerating Spinal Neurons”
Amount of grant: $22,030