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MCPF funds activities that hold promise of identifying therapies (cures) for paralysis in humans. The development of effective therapies for chronic injury is a high priority for the organization. Focus areas: 1. Understanding the effects of spinal cord injury at the cellular level, particularly with emphasis on that which determines apoptosis and/or prohibits regrowth. 2. Studying strategies to promote neuronal growth and survival, encourage the formation of synapses, enhance the production of myelin, restore conduction capabilities, or otherwise
lead to restoration of the compromised circuitry in the acutely and chronically injured CNS. 3. Evaluating new therapies in clinical trial.