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New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research Makes $3.5 Million Dollars Available for Spinal Cord Research Grants

TRENTON - The New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research (NJCSCR) announced today that there is approximately $3.5 million available for its Fiscal Year 2003 grant cycle for awards to New Jersey scientists.

The NJCSCR funds research activities that hold promise of developing effective interventions and cures for paralysis and other consequences of spinal cord injury and disease.

Applicants can apply for one- or two-year awards with maximum funding up to $200,000 per year. Applications must be received by January 3, 2003. The New Jersey Spinal Cord Research Fund is collected through a $1 surcharge on motor vehicle or traffic violations in the State of New Jersey. Ninety-eight cents of every dollar is earmarked for the Fund and two cents for the administrating municipality.

"By continuing to fund these research projects, New Jersey is showing its commitment to improving the quality of life for New Jersey residents suffering from spinal cord injuries," said Governor James E. McGreevey. "The personal and economic impact spinal cord injuries can inflict on New Jersey residents is often immeasurable. We in New Jersey have the opportunity to provide funding to researchers who can help make a difference in the lives of New Jersey families."

The NJCSCR has announced eight new awards for Fiscal Year 2002 totaling $1.5 million.

"Through the Spinal Cord Research Commission, New Jersey continues to show its commitment to advancing research in this critical area," said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. "By continuing to award grants, we can help our state's experts with their innovative and ground-breaking research."

Those eligible to apply for grants include professionals in the field, established investigators new to spinal cord research, postdoctoral fellows, and young investigators. Collaborations, both in- and out-of-state, are strongly encouraged. The NJCSCR is eager to expand its reach to all New Jersey academic, medical, and for profit research entities.

Approximately 6,000 New Jersey residents suffer from traumatic injuries or diseases that damage the spinal cord. It is estimated that 300 new injuries occur each year in the state. Spinal cord research is relevant to many other neurological diseases and disorders including stroke, ALS, Alzheimer's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Post-Polio Syndrome, Transverse Myelitis, and Traumatic Brain Injury.

The latest information on the accomplishments of the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord research can be found in the 2002 annual report.

To apply for the research grants, obtain grant applications, deadlines, and for additional information on the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research, visit the NJCSCR website at www.state.nj.us/health/spinalcord/. Written inquiries can be directed to: The New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research, PO Box 360, Trenton, New Jersey 08625. For telephone inquiries, please call 609-292-4055.

The following is listing of this fiscal year's research awards:

  • Crista L. Adamson, Ph.D., W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Vaccination Therapies of Rat Spinal Cord Injury, $202,491.
  • Gail Forrest, Ph.D., Human Performance and Movement Analysis Laboratory,
    Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation; Effect of Body Weight Supported Walking in Incomplete SCI: Physiological & Performance Effects , $141,349.
  • Wilma J. Friedman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences,
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; P75 - Medicated Cell Death After Spinal Cord Injury; $245,218.
  • Martin Grumet, Ph.D., Professor, W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience,
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Analysis of Cytotoxic Activity Following Spinal Cord Injury; $100,000.
  • Ronald P. Hart, Ph.D., W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Sharing and Mining SCI Microarray Data, $240,580.
  • Michael P. Matise, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neuroscience & Cell Biology, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Cell-Cycle Regulators Controlling Proliferation and Differentiation of Spinal Neurons. $199,450.
  • James H. Millonig, Ph.D., Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, UMDNJ; Vacuolated Lens (vl) a Mouse Model for Spinal Cord Regeneration, $291,157.
  • Richard S. Nowakowski, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neuroscience & Cell Biology, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Cell Proliferation in the CNS after Spinal Cord Injury, $147,068.

Applicants can apply for one- or two-year awards with maximum funding up to $200,000 per year. The New Jersey Spinal Cord Research Fund is collected through a $1 surcharge on motor vehicle or traffic violations in the State of New Jersey. Ninety-eight cents of every dollar is earmarked for the Fund and two cents for the administrating municipality.
Additional information on the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research, can be obtained on the NJCSCR website at www.state.nj.us/health/spinalcord/.

Written inquiries can be directed to: The New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research, PO Box 360, Trenton, New Jersey 08625. For telephone inquiries, please call 609-292-4055.


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