Harrisburg – State Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) and Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-138) today were joined by families and advocates to announce legislation to fund spinal cord disability research in Pennsylvania.
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.
“People with spinal cord disabilities need our support and one million dollars for research can go a long way in ensuring that these individuals can live a vital life,” Scavello said. “Pennsylvania has led the charge on many medical breakthroughs with our talented research universities and vibrant medical landscape. If there is a breakthrough out there that will provide boundless opportunities and positive impacts on the lives of people with spinal cord disabilities in Pennsylvania and across the nation, we should provide the tools and take a leading role in this effort.”
Joining Senator Scavello and families was Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-138), who is sponsoring similar legislation in the House of Representatives.
“I am proud to author House Bill 385, the companion piece to Senator Scavello’s legislation, said Hahn. “There are approximately 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injury each year in the United States and experts believe we are approaching the day when repair of spinal cord injuries is possible. Our legislation would move us even closer to that day.”
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.
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