U of M researcher and neurosurgeon to be honored during upcoming fundraising event

Ann Parr, MD, PhD, of the Neurosurgery Department, working in her research lab with part of her team

U of M Neurosurgery Department spinal cord injury research scientist and Director of Spinal Neurosurgery, Ann Parr, MD, PhD, has been named this year’s Morton Cure Paralysis Fund (MCPF) honoree during its 24th Annual Golf Tournament and Fundraiser. Scheduled for Thursday, September 5, the event will be held at Majestic Oaks Golf Club in Ham Lake, MN.

As the 2019 MCPF Honoree, Parr will give a brief presentation about her spinal cord injury work during the event’s program.

The Morton Cure Paralysis Foundation recently provided funding for one of Parr’s research projects titled, Precision Placement of Spinal Neural Progenitor Cells in Patient - Specific 3D Bio-printed Scaffolds for Chronic Spinal Cord Injury Repair. “I am deeply honored to be the recipient of substantial support from the Morton Cure Paralysis Fund,” Parr noted in her acceptance letter to the Foundation. “Your support has enabled my laboratory and team of researchers to explore clinical therapies for chronic spinal cord injury.”

“Foundations like MCPF sustain incredibly important research and allow scientists to make potentially life-changing discoveries,” Parr continued. “We wouldn’t be able to work toward effective clinical therapies for chronic spinal cord injury without you.”

Golf tournament schedule:

  • 1 pm  Shotgun start
  • 6 pm  Social hour/buffet dinner
  • 6:30 pm  Celebration & program

More information and to register: http://www.mcpf.org/Pages/Events.aspx


About Morton Cure Paralysis Fund, That All May Walk Again (from the organization’s website)

In 1995, shortly after Christopher Reeve was injured, Peter Morton broke his neck in a bicycle accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down and unable to breathe without a ventilator.

Devastated by the tragic accident, friends turned their hurt into hope. With little more than their dream, That All May Walk Again, they launched a small-town golf tournament to raise funds for spinal cord injury research—and the Morton Cure Paralysis Fund was born. Since those humble beginnings, MCPF has relocated to the Twin Cities and, 21 years later, has now raised over $4.2 million for cutting-edge research. In addition, MCPF hosts an annual research symposium featuring some of the world's top spinal cord injury research scientists, free to all those affected by spinal cord injury.

Learn more: http://www.mcpf.org/Default.aspx

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