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Challenged Athletes Foundation announces record breaking grant distribution of 2,806 individual grants across 95 different sports totaling over $4.3 million in support

April 17, 2018

SAN DIEGO, CA (Econotimes) – The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF) is proud to announce unprecedented financial support through its annual grant programs, which provide financial assistance for adaptive sports equipment, specialized running prosthetics, coaching, mentoring, travel and competition expenses for individuals with physical challenges of all ages and levels who wish to live active lifestyles and compete in sports. Through the 2018 distribution – the largest grant distribution to-date in the organization’s 25 year history – 2,806 individual grants in 40 countries are making it possible for individuals to achieve their athletic dreams across 95 sports from basketball to CrossFit and rock climbing. 

Gene therapy may help brain heal from stroke, other injuries

March 27, 2018

DALLAS, TX (EurekAlert!) – Scientists have found a genetic trigger that may improve the brain’s ability to heal from a range of debilitating conditions, from strokes to concussions and spinal cord injuries. A new study in mice from UT Southwestern’s O’Donnell Brain Institute shows that turning on a gene inside cells called astrocytes results in a smaller scar and potentially – a more effective recovery from injury. 

New Jersey Health Foundation funds stroke study by Kessler Foundation & Stevens Institute

March 21, 2018

EAST HANOVER, NJ (Infosurhoy) – Karen Nolan, PhD. senior research scientist in Human Performance and Engineering Research at Kessler Foundation, will collaborate with Stevens Institute of Technology on a grant from New Jersey Health Foundation. With this $35,000 grant, investigators will develop and test the SAFE (Stevens Ankle-Foot Electromechanical) Orthosis, an adaptive oscillator-based assistive device with sensory stimulation to facilitate recovery of gait symmetry in stroke survivors. 

Epidural stimulation shown to normalize blood pressure following spinal cord injury

March 19, 2018

LOUISVILLE, KY (EurekAlert!) – Patients with severe spinal cord injury (SCI) often experience chronically low blood pressure that negatively affects their health, their quality of life and their ability to engage in rehabilitative therapy. “People with severe spinal cord injury – especially when it occurs in a higher level in the spine – have problems with blood pressure regulation to the point that it becomes the main factor affecting quality of life for them,” said Glenn Hirsch, M.D., professor of cardiology at the University of Louisville (UofL). 

Students with spinal cord injury invited to apply for full scholarship

March 14, 2018
Penn State News

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA (Penn State News) – Penn State students with spinal cord injury are invited to apply for a full scholarship offered by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, in partnership with Penn State’s Student Disability Resources office. Designed to support individuals with spinal cord injury in their pursuit of higher education, the Neilsen Scholarship Program provides undergraduate and graduate student recipients with scholarships and supplemental support as they earn their degrees. 

Dr. Botticello receives Neilsen Foundation Grant to improve spinal cord injury outcomes

March 9, 2018

EAST HANOVER, NJ (EurekAlert!) – Amanda Botticello, PhD, MPH, has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to observe community activity spaces in order to better understand the influence of the environment on participation behavior among people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Research indicates that the physical environment, that is, places where individuals work and reside – is a key social determinant of health and disability. 


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