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TORRICO BILL WILL EXTEND FUNDING FOR INNOVATIVE SPINAL CORD INJURY RESEARCH
Named after a Chabot College football player injured during a game, the Roman Reed Program supports scientific research in neural regeneration.

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Dr. Hans Keirstead of the University of California, Irvine, believes that embryonic stem cells are a medical milestone seen only every 100 years...

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Hans Keirstead, Ph.D., Professor
Coordinator, Roman Reed Core Research Facility (2005-present)
University of California, Irvine

Co-director: Bill & Sue Gross Stem Cell Center


Supported Research:
Oligodendrocyte Progenitors Show Functional Improvements in Spinal Cord Injuries
Geron Corporation (Nasdaq:GERN) announced today the publication of studies showing that oligodendrocyte progenitors, differentiated from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), produce functional improvements in rats with spinal cord injuries.
These studies in Dr. Keirstead's laboratory were conducted with support from Geron Corporation, a University of California Discovery Grant and the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Fund of California.

UCLA scientists restore walking after spinal cord injury
Study shows nervous system can reorganize itself, use new pathways to issue commands to move.
The UCLA study was supported by grants from the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke, the Adelson Medical Foundation, the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund of California and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

UCSF Study Finds Nerve Regeneration Is Possible In Spinal Cord Injuries
A team of scientists at UCSF has made a critical discovery that may help in the development of techniques to promote functional recovery after a spinal cord injury.
Study co-authors include first-author Simona Neumann, PhD, and Kate Skinner, MD, both of UCSF. The research was funded by the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund of California and the National Institutes of Health.

Blocking immune response to spinal cord injury can improve recovery
People who suffer spinal cord injuries may have a greater chance of recovery if treated with drugs that block the body's own immune response to the initial trauma, researchers from the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at UC Irvine have found.
The study was supported by the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund of California, Research for the Cures and individual donations to the Reeve-Irvine Research Center.

Update on Spinal Cord Injury Regeneration Research Mark Tuszynski, M.D., Ph.D. Director, Center for Neural Repair University of California, San Diego
This article will review recent research in the field of spinal cord injury regeneration, and will try to provide a realistic assessment of how and when some of this research may find its way to human clinical trials.
The California legislature passed the Roman-Reed Bill in the year 2000. The Roman-Reed bill provided funding of $1 million per year for spinal cord research in California .


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