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U.S. Department of Defense Awards $5.4 Million to Spinal Cord Research

Posted on Nov 17, 2011

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is the recipient of a $5.4 million grant from the United States Department of Defense. The grant will last two years and is to support research targeting treatments for military servicemen and servicewomen who suffer spinal cord injuries. The award will be used by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's North American Clinical Trials Network (NACTN).

NACTN was launched in 2006 with six centers throughout North America. The mission of NACTN is to maintain a database of spinal cord injury patient medical information that is gathered using standardized protocols. Through the assembling of this information into a centralized registry, NACTN aims to learn more about spinal cord injury recovery, conduct new trials of therapy, and develop new protocols. NACTN has grown since its inception and now consists of nine clinical sites, a data management center, and a pharmacology center.

The partnership of the Department of Defense grant and NACTN allows for military hospitals to be added to the network. As a result, the latest in information, clinical trials, and treatments can be used for the benefit of military servicemen and servicewomen suffering spinal cord injuries.

For more information and a free consultation, contact a Rockford spinal cord injury attorney at 847-651-7191.

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