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Date: 05-18-12
Name: Rob Forman
Phone: 973 972 7276
Email: formanra@umdnj.edu

Experts at UMDNJ Symposium Describe Advances in Spinal Cord Research

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The second annual Symposium on Current Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Research was held on the Newark campus of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey on May 9. Researchers from around the country spoke of encouraging progress in areas including stem cell transplantation, rehabilitation, inflammatory modulation and evaluation of how commonly used treatments for acute spinal injury might help or hinder longterm recovery.

The symposium was organized by Robert F. Heary, MD, director of the Spine Center of New Jersey and professor of neurological surgery at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS); and Stella Elkabes, PhD, laboratory co-director and associate professor of neurological surgery at NJMS. Also welcoming participants was Tim Reynolds, founding donor of the Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory at the Spine Center of New Jersey.

Other presenters at the symposium were:

D. Michele Basso, PT, EdD, Ohio State University

Michael V. Sofroniew, MD, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

John W. McDonald, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Steven Kirshblum, MD, Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation

Stephen M. Strittmatter, MD, PhD, Yale University School of Medicine

Aileen Anderson, PhD, University of California, Irvine


Planning is now underway for the third annual Symposium on Current Advances in Spinal Cord Injury Research to be held at UMDNJ in 2013.


(photo caption) " Top row (l-r) John W. McDonald, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University; Steven Kirshblum, MD, Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation; D. Michele Basso, PT, EdD, Ohio State University; Stella Elkabes, PhD, Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory co-director and associate professor of neurological surgery at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School; Aileen Anderson, PhD, University of California, Irvine. Bottom row (l-r): Robert F. Heary, MD, director of the Spine Center of New Jersey and professor of neurological surgery at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School ; Tim Reynolds, founding donor, Reynolds Family Spine Laboratory at the Spine Center of New Jersey; Michael V. Sofroniew, MD, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles; Stephen M. Strittmatter, MD, PhD, Yale University School of Medicine.

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is New Jersey's only health sciences university with more than 6,000 students on five campuses attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and New Jersey's only school of public health. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, which provides a continuum of healthcare services with multiple locations throughout the state.



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