Five Million Dollar Grant to Spaulding and Harvard Medical School Establishes Ellen R. and Melvin J.

Recently, the William B. Rubin Family Fund, Inc. (The Rubin Fund), in an effort to create a more collaborative and comprehensive approach toward the treatment and potential cure, established the Ellen R. and Melvin J. Gordon Center for the Cure and Treatment of Paralysis at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The Rubin Fund committed $5 million dollars to establish the center, whose charge is to make major and lasting changes in the understanding, development of treatment interventions, and possible cure for paralysis, including that caused by brain stem injury. Ross D. Zafonte, DO, senior vice president of medical affairs, research and education and chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, will serve as the center’s director. Michael E. Greenberg, PhD, department chair and Nathan Marsh Pusey Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, will oversee the associated fellowship program at HMS.

“When we look at paralysis in total as a disease model we see that its impact is incredibly broad, severely inhibiting the quality of life for millions of individuals, many of them suffering silently with little hope for improvement,” says Zafonte. “With the generous support from the Rubin Fund, our goal is to establish the Ellen R. and Melvin J. Gordon Center for Cure and Treatment of Paralysis as a beacon of discovery and hope on par with the top centers in the world.”

The center will enable researchers and clinicians from Spaulding and Harvard to coordinate with scientists from across the country and the world to expedite novel therapies and potential cures. In addition to contributing to the current knowledge base through research studies, the center will convene an annual meeting of investigators to share results and review accomplishments. The center will also seek new ways to deliver care at Spaulding and provide information to the broader community of people with disabilities.

Thank you all from the wonderful care you've given out mom. She was always in the best of hands! We appreciate all you've done.

The D. Family

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