August 28, 2012 > Senate committee passes bill to fund spinal cord injury research
Senate committee passes bill to fund spinal cord injury research
Submitted By Jeff Barbosa
A bill by Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), to fund cutting-edge spinal cord injury research in California, was approved on August 6, 2012 by the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 4-2 vote. The bill, AB 1657, now goes to the Senate floor.
"This is a great day for the 650,000 Californians living with paralysis," Assemblyman Wieckowski said. "Progress in spinal cord injury research opens the door for gains against other neurological conditions. This bill will help sustain California's leadership in the biosciences."
AB 1657 will provide funding for the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act, established in 2000. The program is run through the University of California and administered out of the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at the University of California, Irvine. It provides key initial grants to top neurologists throughout the state for ground-breaking research. The funding would be provided through a $1 penalty on all moving traffic violation convictions. Traffic accidents are the primary cause of spinal cord injuries.