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Promising new therapy could ‘cure’ paralyzed patients

Published: March 14, 2012

Dr. W. Dalton Dietrich, scientific director of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, was in Washington this week seeking U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to start a clinical safety trial of a remarkable new therapy for those suffering from brain and spinal cord injuries.

The Miami Project was co-founded 26 years ago by neurosurgeon Barth Green and Hall of Fame middle linebacker Nick Buoniconti, who led the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ legendary No Name Defense — the only NFL team to win the Super Bowl after a perfect season.

In 1985, Buoniconti’s son, then a 19-year-old sophomore at the Citadel, severed his spinal cord during a college football game. Now 44 and president of the Miami Project, Marc Buoniconti is a quadriplegic who uses a motorized, breath-operated wheelchair to get around.