Scavello Bill to Fund Spinal Cord Disability Research Approved by Senate

Harrisburg – Legislation sponsored by Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) to fund spinal cord disability research in Pennsylvania was approved by the Senate this week.

Senate Bill 31 would create the Spinal Cord Disability Research Grant Program aimed at discovering new and innovative treatments and rehabilitative efforts for spinal cord disabilities. The legislation would invest $1 million into a grant program that awards grants to research institutions for research into spinal cord injuries.

The funding does not use new revenue, but rather existing money dedicated toward health-related research programs. 

“With multiple talented research universities here in Pennsylvania, one million dollars would go a long way and could ultimately be what brings about the next big breakthrough in spinal injury research,” Scavello said. “The ultimate goal is helps millions with spinal injuries live a vital, full life. I hope the House acts on this measure before the end of session so we can provide new hope.”

Pennsylvania would join a dozen other states, including New Jersey, Ohio, New York, Maryland and Virginia, supporting this effort. Many of these states now represent the cutting edge in spinal cord research and have made extensive breakthroughs in a short period of time, the senator noted.

Senate Bill 31 is was sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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