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Bucks for Brains team brings in $4.7 million

February 18th, 2008

The Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center (KSCIRC) at the University of Louisville has received three federal grants totaling $4.7 million to find therapies for spinal cord injuries. KSCIRC also will receive at $300,000 grant from the Kentucky Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research Trust.

The center, part of UofL’s Department of Neurological Surgery, will use the three National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants to examine cell-based and drug-based therapies for spinal cord damage.

Federal dollars for independent research are becoming increasingly scarce, according to Scott Whittemore, UofL’s Dr. Henry D. Garretson Chair in Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research and KSCIRC scientific director.

“Decreased funding at the NIH means that these grants to independent researchers are more competitive than ever,” Whittemore said. “That’s why we are thrilled to announce three major grants in such a short period of time.”

Hagg and Whittemore are Bucks for Brains hires. Whittemore and Bucks for Brains researcher Michael Hetman received the $300,000 grant from the research trust.

“Thanks in large part to Bucks for Brains, our Department of Neurological Surgery is seventh in the nation in terms of NIH funding,” said UofL President James Ramsey. “Over the last six years, $8.6 million from private donors was matched by $6 million from Bucks for Brains. The return on this investment now tops $47.1 million.”

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