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    Dr. Murray Blackmore receives grant from U2FP partnership

    Murray Blackmore, an assistant professor in the College of Health Sciences, received a $90,000 grant to continue research on therapeutic genes that he hopes will aid spinal cord regeneration.
    Unite 2 Fight Paralysis, an organization run by and for people with spinal cord injuries and their families, presented Blackmore with the grant Monday in his lab in Schroeder Complex.
    “Spinal cord injury is an incurable affliction that affects hundreds of thousands of people in the United States with paralysis and loss of sensation,” Blackmore said. “Our lab is dedicated to discovering new therapeutic approaches to treat spinal cord injury.”
    Blackmore said the grant will allow him to buy a highly specialized microscope that allows images to be quickly analyzed by computer algorithms.
    “As we search for new therapeutic genes, we first test their efficacy in nerve cells that we grow in culture dishes,” Blackmore said. “The key importance of this grant is that it dramatically accelerates the pace at which we can test the effect of new candidate treatments – it’s a game-changer.”
    Blackmore said that before the introduction of the microscope, researchers had to analyze individual cells to make a conclusion about whether the treatment was effective. He said that with the microscope, he will be able to analyze hundreds of cells and analyze their shape in a matter of minutes.
    “The microscope opens the bottleneck, so now instead of focusing on a handful of candidate genes, we can test hundreds or thousands,” Blackmore said.
    Blackmore also said his research comes from the heart, and although he respects science for the sake of knowledge, the purpose of his research is to find a cure for spinal injury patients.

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    Last edited by GRAMMY; 20 Feb 2013, 1:03 PM.

    glad to see you guys were able to do this

    2010 SCINet Clinical Trial Support Squad Member

    "You kids and your cures, why back when I was injured they gave us a wheelchair and that's the way it was and we liked it!" Grumpy Old Man

    .."i used to be able to goof around so much because i knew Superman had my back. now all i've got is his example -- and that's gonna have to be enough."


      Great Job!!!


        Originally posted by Leo View Post
        glad to see you guys were able to do this
        We were thrilled with the partnership efforts of the SCI Sucks Foundation. Those marathon runners and rollers made all of this possible. Dr. Blackmore along with the Dept. Chair and the Dean of Marquette University were so excited to get the equipment. It was an extraordinary day in Milwaukee! We can also thank the U2FP Scientific Advisory Board which was critical in making the decision to throw jet fuel into the most critical areas of research that Dr. Blackmore is attempting.

        We were able to attend a scientific presentation given by Dr. Blackmore in addition to a tour of his laboratory and the upgraded surgical suite that was remodeled and enlarged for his research team. We will be posting a lab report on the U2FP site in the coming days.
        Last edited by GRAMMY; 20 Feb 2013, 3:44 PM.


          Got to love U2FP
          Dennis Tesolat

          "Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom."
          Martin Luther King


            Fantastic news!! Anything that speeds the process up is great. Thanks U2FP and SCI Sucks!
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            Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.


              well done GRAMMY - keep going girl


                Thank you!