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State grants to boost Massachusetts spinal cord research

May 11, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — Five Massachusetts researchers working on potential treatments for spinal cord injuries have received grants from the state.

The Department of Public Health says the grants, all around $500,000, come from the Thomas P. Kennedy Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund. Kennedy served in the Legislature for more than 20 years, first in the House and later the Senate. He died in 2015.

In 1970 at age of 19, Kennedy fell while working as a window washer and was left paralyzed.

Recipients of the latest grants are Christopher Gabel, at the Boston University School of Medicine; Zhigang He, at Boston Children’s Hospital; Jeffrey Macklis, from Harvard University; Andrew Reisner, from Massachusetts General Hospital; and Yang Teng, of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

The money comes from surcharges on individuals seeking reinstatement of driver’s licenses after multiple offenses.

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