The Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury
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The Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Program takes a multifaceted approach. One portion of the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research funds are used to launch unique, creative research projects by faculty throughout the UC system and the state of California. The idea here is to provide seed funds for highly innovative projects that offer the promise of eventually leading to new federal and private funding.
These awards are different from more traditional grants in that scientists who receive these funds become part of the Roman Reed Research Consortium. This group, along with other spinal cord injury /neural regeneration researchers from California, meets each year to discuss ways to best communicate and collaborate, thereby significantly improving the caliber of spinal cord injury research undertaken in the state of California.
History of the Roman Reed Program
The Roman Reed Bill (AB750) was signed in September 2000 and initially dedicated $1 million per year over 5 years for spinal cord injury research in the State of California. The amount of this fund was increased in 2001-2002 to $2 million per year. The Roman Reed program was due to sunset in 2005, however, on September 9, 2004, Governor Schwarzenegger signed the renewal of the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act, AB1794, extending funding through January 1, 2011. Since that time, approximately $1.5 million per year has supported the most promising scientific research in neural regeneration. The Roman Reed Research funds are allocated to the University of California (UC), with the UC Office of the President appointing the management of the grants to the Reeve-Irvine Research Center.
When the program began, the Reeve-Irvine Research Center established a Scientific Steering Committee with multi-campus representation and an External Advisory Board of leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. In March 2001 a “town meeting” was held involving faculty from the UC system and California with interest in spinal cord injury/neural regeneration research. From that sentinel meeting, the program was outlined to create the foundation that stands today.