Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
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|State to Make $3 Million
Dollars Available for
Spinal Cord Research Grants
Trenton - Department of Health and Senior Services Commissioner
Christine Grant announced today the first round of awards available to
researchers in the State of New Jersey for research projects on spinal
cord treatment and cures. Approximately $3 million in grants will be administered
through the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research (NJCSCR), a
Commission created through the Spinal Cord Research Act.
"I encourage interested institutions, businesses and others looking to further the research on spinal cord treatment to apply for the available grants that will be administered through the Commission in the Department of Health and Senior Services," added the Commissioner.
Research awards are being offered with funding for each project ranging from $50,000 a year to a two-year $250,000 award. The NJCSCR will fund research activities that hold promise of developing effective interventions and cures for paralysis and other consequences of spinal cord injury and disease. Funding for the grants is generated through penalty payments for motor vehicle or traffic violations in the state. Applications must be received by March 22, 2001.
A landmark piece of legislation, the Spinal Cord Research Act was initiated
by Assemblyman Nicholas Felice (R-40) and signed into law in September
1999 at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in West Orange - at an
event that included Christopher Reeve.
The NJCSCR was created to solicit and approve research projects, compile a directory of all spinal cord research projects being conducted within the state and to provide the Governor and Legislature with a status report on its activities.
Eleven members serve on the Commission, including the Commissioner of
Health and Senior Services. Dr. Joel DeLisa, Chairperson of the Commission,
explained the importance of continued research on this important public
health issue: "In cultivating collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches
to spinal cord research, we open the doors to new treatments that will
improve a patients quality of care and quality of life," said Dr. DeLisa.
"Everyday we are making advances in how we can help people with these
serious injuries and the work of the Commission is indeed instrumental
in this process."
Approximately 6,000 New Jersey residents suffer from traumatic injuries or diseases that damage the spinal cord. The Department estimates that 300 new injuries occur each year in New Jersey.
To apply for the research grants, obtain forms, or for additional information
on the program, visit the NJCSCR web-site at www.state.nj.us/health/spinalcord/.
Written inquires can be directed to: The New Jersey Commission on Spinal
Cord Research, Executive Director, Department of Health and Senior Services,
P.O. Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625.