Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier today announced the launch of his new 501(c)3, the Ryan Shazier Fund for Spinal Rehabilitation.
In 2017, Shazier suffered a devastating on-field spinal cord injury after a head-on collision, leaving him paralyzed.
With $6.3 million in DARPA funding, Intel, Brown and other partners will work on building the AI-driven hardware and software needed to treat spinal cord injuries.
When someone suffers a severe spinal injury, their brain’s electrical signals can get cut off from their muscles, leading to paralysis. It’s a devastating problem, especially since the human body cannot regenerate severed nerve fibers. But with the help of the right AI-driven technologies, medical professionals may eventually be able to help spinal injury victims regain muscle control and sensation.
BOSTON (May 7, 2019) – The Department of Public Health has awarded grants in the range of $500,000 to five Massachusetts researchers to promote research into cures for spinal cord injury.
The grant funds were provided by the Massachusetts Thomas P. Kennedy Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund, authorized in 2004 by the state legislature. This year marks the third time that trust fund grants are being awarded; previous awards were given to Massachusetts researchers in 2008 and 2012.