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November 19, 2018 – The Neilsen Scholarship Program was established in 2014 to provide scholarships for students with spinal cord injury (SCI).  These scholarships are awarded to the institution and include tuition/fees as well as supplemental support funding to remove barriers that a student with SCI may encounter beyond traditional education expenses. 

In 2018, the program was expanded to include 11 colleges and universities across the country.  The expansion not only increased the number of schools but also increased the number of Neilsen Scholarship recipients.  Although the program has evolved, its goal to support students with SCI in their pursuit of higher education remains unchanged.  Since its inception, the program has funded approximately 130 students during their academic careers to obtain various degrees ranging from associate to doctorate.  These degrees have included: architecture, business, computer science, engineering, finance, political science, social work, medical and veterinary degrees just to name a few.

Although this program is by invitation only to select institutions, the Neilsen Foundation encourages all institutions to thoughtfully address disability and inclusion on their campuses.

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Dance/NYC Announces Disability. Dance. Artistry. Residency Program

December 7, 2018

NEW YORK, NY (Broadwayworld.com) – Dance/NY and its program partners Gibney and Spaceworks invite you to apply for the Disability. Dance. Artistry. Residency Program, made possible by the generous support of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund. Through the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Dance/NYC will award residences to up to six (6) dance artists with spinal cord injury (SCI) and/or dance ensembles working with artists with SCI. 

Researchers restore breathing, partial foreclimb function in rats with spinal cord injuries

November 27, 2018

CLEVELAND, OH (EurekAlert!) – Millions of people worldwide are living with chronic spinal cord injuries, with 250,000 to 500,000 new cases each year – most from vehicle crashes or falls. The most severe spinal cord injuries completely paralyze their victims and more than half impair a person’s ability to breathe. 

Brain-computer interface enables people with paralysis to control tablet devices

November 21, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC (EurekAlert) – An investigational brain-computer interface (BCI) can enable people with paralysis to directly operate an off-the-shelf tablet device by thinking about making cursor movements and clicks, according to a study published November 21, 2018 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Paul Nuyujukian, Jose Albites-Sanabria, and Jad Saab from the BrainGate consortium, USA, and colleagues. 

Building a major medical center means world-class research: Local scientists make it happen

November 8, 2018
Rapid Growth Media.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (Rapid Growth Media.com) – For the past 10 years or so, the rest of the state and country has begun taking notice of Grand Rapid’s rapidly evolving healthcare ecosystem. By doubling down on home-grown talent and collecting doctors and researchers from across the country and the world, Grand rapids companies, nonprofits, and educational institutions are quickly creating a world-class center for medical knowledge. 

Dr. Marion Murray, 81, co-founded Drexel’s Spinal Cord Research Center

October 5, 2018
The Inquirer Daily News Philly.com

PHILADELPHIA, PA (The Inquirer Daily News Philly.com) – Marion Murray, 81, of Wayne, a prominent spinal cord researcher who cofounded the Drexel University College of Medicine Spinal Cord Research Center, died Sunday, Sept 9, following complications of esophageal cancer. Dr. Murray led spinal cord research at Drexel for more than 30 years. 

Campus Undergoing Transformation at University of Utah Hospital

September 25, 2018
Construction EquipmentGuide.com

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (Construction EquipmentGuide.com) – University of Utah Health is undergoing new expansions that will let it better serve the growing population of Utah and better train the next generation of health care professionals. The new buildings will improve science, training and care services to bring world-class health to more patients in Utah and beyond. 


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