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Research Participation

Participating in research may or may not help you personally. Taking part in research is voluntary and the results could help others with similar health problems. The following provides more information about what is involved in participating in clinical research.

What Are Clinical Trials?

A clinical trial is an organized, scientifically controlled study of the safety and effectiveness of a therapeutic agent (a drug or therapy) in people who have consented to serve as volunteers. To translate experimental therapies into “standards of care,” Miami Project clinical investigators conduct clinical trials and studies.  Learn more.

Interested In Participating?

Miami Project clinical researchers rely on individuals with SCI to serve as volunteers for specific studies or protocols. Each study is designed to answer questions about some aspect of SCI or the effectiveness of a particular treatment. Learn more.

Experimental Treatments For SCI:What You Should Know If You Are Considering Participation in a Clinical Trial

For people with SCI, their families, friends and caregivers, the decision to receive an experimental treatment or enter a clinical trial is a challenging one. Learn more.

Our Current Studies

Miami Project clinical researchers are conducting studies that address various issues related to spinal cord injury, including pain, spasticity, walking, hand function, fertility, exercise, and diet modification.  Learn more.

What Are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are defined by two properties. First, they can ” self-renew”, that is they can divide and give rise to more stem cells of the same kind.  Second, they can mature of “differentiate” into specialized cells that carry out a specific function, such as in the skin, muscle, or blood.  there are many different types of stem cells.  Learn more.

What Are Schwann Cells?

Schwann cells (SC) are a type of cell found throughout the entire peripheral nervous system (PNS).  The PNS includes all nerves going out to muscles as well as sensory nerves coming from the muscles back to the spinal cord.  Learn more.