The DoD has awarded $5.4 million to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s North American Clinical Trials Network for that purpose. UofL is one of the nine NACTN members.

We’re thrilled to be part of NACTN and the important work the network is doing to find better treatments and possibly even cures for patients with spinal cord injuries, said Susan Harkema, associate professor, neurological surgery; director of research at Frazier Rehabilitation Institute; rehabilitation research director at the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center at UofL; and Owsley B. Frazier chair in neurological rehabilitation.

The new funding will support work the UofL researchers do for NACTN.

The support of the Reeve Foundation is helping us make speedier progress in the fight against the devastation caused by these injuries and we are profoundly grateful to the Foundation for helping us work toward our shared goal, which is to dramatically improve the lives of these patients, Harkema said.