Recent estimates are that in the United States alone approximately 400,000 people live with some form of SCI or disorder that significantly affects their life activities. About 12,000 more sustain these injuries each year. Spinal cord injury result in loss of motor function which is associated with secondary cell death of neurons. Motor neurons undergo a programmed cell death termed apoptosis which peaks within three days after the injury. Our goal is to find a way to inhibit this cell death process and enable to improve post-injury recovery.