Spinal Cord Injury Research Funding Will Support Science, Bring Hope

Government Relations Committee”

The Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) congratulate the New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo for adding $7 million to the Spinal Cord Research Injury Program (SCIRP) in the 2014-2015 state budget. This funding will support neurological research at New York’s 16 Academic Medical Centers and other research institutions statewide.

This funding is in addition to $900,000 remaining in the program from last year; the total $7.9 million is just below the $8.5 million recommended by law, and will support important research into healing spinal cord injuries.

“SCIRP has established New York as a leader in neuroscience research,” said AMSNY President and CEO Jo Wiederhorn. “Not only does SCIRP bring hope to those who suffer from spinal cord, brain and other nerve injuries, but it also represents a valuable investment in advanced neuroscience research.”

Several New York medical schools have received SCIRP funding and have made significant advancements in effective therapies. SCIRP has also generated patents, leveraged research dollars from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and private sources and supported research-related jobs in New York State.


The Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) is a consortium of the 16 public and private medical schools throughout New York State. AMSNY’s mission is to promote high quality and cost-efficient health care by assuring that the medical schools of New York State can provide outstanding medical education, care and research.

Media Contatct: Anat Gerstein
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