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THE KiDZ NEUROSCIENCE CENTER
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
The KiDZ Neuroscience Center (KNC) is comprised of a number of programs and research projects that directly impact and assist in improving the quality of care and advances in research for children with traumatic and acquired brain and spinal cord injury. The goals of the KNC include: continuing, expanding and sustaining the pediatric injury prevention programs; improving the treatment for acute and rehabilitation clinical care and research; and providing education and training. The Center brings together the best minds of The Miami Project and the near decade of work of the Pediatric Brain & Spinal Cord Injury (PBSCI) Program to treat children and adolescents who have sustained these injuries and acquire other neurological disorders.
Dr. Gillian Hotz, Associate Research Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, is Director of the KNC. This Center’s location in the state-of-the-art facilities at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis ensures its close collaboration with an international team of more than 250 scientists, technicians, and clinicians.
The KiDZ Injury Prevention & Research Program focuses specifically on injury prevention in childhood. The program is dedicated to tracking the types, causes, and consequences of childhood injuries by using epidemiological tools to identify risk factors for injury. This program encompasses the WalkSafe™, BikeSafe™, SkateSafe™ and Car Seat programs. Dr. Hotz is the Director of the WalkSafe Program, which is considered one of the best pediatric pedestrian injury prevention programs in the country. Its primary goal is to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities of children (ages 5-13). The BikeSafe Program is being piloted as a bike safety program for middle school age children as an after school program in county parks.
Dr. Hotz also directs the Concussion Program which serves the public and private high school and college sports teams (football, soccer, wrestling, etc.) and athletes from the community. This program offers comprehensive evaluations and recommendations for returning to play safely. Dr. Hotz is also an ImPACT Provider. ImPACT is a neurocognitive screening test that is used for baseline testing and reevaluation to assist athletes to return to play.
The Pediatric Brain & Spinal Cord Injury Program includes the clinical and research division of the KNC whose mission is to provide a continuum of care for children and adolescents with traumatic brain injury (TBI), acquired brain injuries (ABI; e.g., brain tumors, stroke, seizures, encephalitis, etc.), and spinal cord injury (SCI). Using state-of-the-art equipment and interventions with some of the best clinical faculty and staff working together to improve the quality of life for these children.
The KiDZ Education & Training Program hosts the Annual PBSCI Conference in Miami. This yearly conference offers training and education to a multidisciplinary group of professionals and offers the opportunities to interact with leading experts in pediatric brain and spinal cord injury. The KNC serves as a resource for information and expertise on pediatric injury prevention for policymakers, health professionals, media, and the public, and will influence regional, national and international initiatives. The Center also offers fellowships, internships, and volunteer programs for medical, public health, college and high school students. The KiDZ Education & Training Program strives to foster the growth of new investigators in the field of injury prevention.
The KiDZ Neuroscience Fund was established as the fundraising arm to the Center to sustain research projects and maintain the talented and diverse research team that is critical to the KNC’s ongoing success.
For more information, please contact Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard via email or at 305-243-4656.