September 28-29, 2006

Spinal Cord Injury Research: Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms to Promote Neuronal Growth and Glial Reconstruction

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Major advancements in the understanding of the cellular mechanisms underlying CNS Development, damage and repair are dramatically altering our ability to understand a multitude of fundamental problems in neurobiology. This Symposium will provide a focused presentation on a spectrum of advances that are receiving considerable attention at the national and international levels


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Keynote Address

John W. McDonald, M.D., Ph.D., Kennedy Krieger Institute

Dr. John W. McDonald is a Director of International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, Kennedy Krieger Institute. His research is increasingly focusing on approaches to regeneration and restoration of function in spinal cord injury and other disorders of paralysis using activity-base therapies. Such focus includes other regenerative approaches that have the potential of being translated into human therapies in the near-term.

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Introduction and Overview of the Symposium; Biology and Physiology of CNS Progenitors in Respect to CNS Repair

Mark Noble, Ph.D., University of Rochester
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Strategies for Motor Neuron-Directed Therapies

Steven Goldman, M.D., Ph.D., University of Rochester

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Physiological and Molecular Approaches to Enhancing CNS Regeneration

Marie Filbin, Ph.D., Hunter College

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Purinergic Signaling in Spinal Cord Injury

Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc., University of Rochester

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Suppressing Scar Formation and Bridging Spinal Cord Injuries: New Solutions to Old Problems

Stephen Davies, Ph.D., Baylor College

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Molecular Analysis of Inhibitors of CNS Regeneration

Roman Giger, Ph.D., University of Rochester

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Physical Therapy by Robots: A Critical Component of Future Restorative Strategies

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