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June 13, 2024

Cover Your Costs for U2FP's Symposium

Matthew Rodreick

One of the things that makes U2FP’s Annual Science & Advocacy Symposium unique is the number of individuals from the SCI community who attend our meeting. Indeed, for the last several years, 30-40% of our conference attendees either live with the injury or are family members/caretakers to someone with an SCI. That community participation is a distinguishing feature of U2FP’s annual meeting, providing direct, lived experience feedback to scientific presenters and a deeper sense of camaraderie than is often found at similar conferences.  

By bringing your lived experience into direct conversation with the scientific, regulatory, and biotech communities, you help make U2FP’s Symposium one-of-a-kind. U2FP is committed to ensuring that as many individuals from the SCI community as possible have the opportunity to attend. 

Pictured in the graphic above, left to right, are some of last year’s travel grant recipients: Mackenzie Wann, Jesus Centeno and Dan Hellenbrand.

That’s why we offer eligible SCI attendees the opportunity to apply for travel grants to our annual meeting. We know the financial barriers that exist for our community and want to give motivated SCI advocates every opportunity to enrich our Symposium through their presence and participation.

“This is the fifth time I have attended U2FP’s Symposium - I always leave with more knowledge regarding spinal cord injury research. I really like talking to the doctors, clinicians, and researchers one-on-one, along with meeting new people and making new connections.”
- Jesus Centeno, Travel Grant Recipient, 2023

The application deadline for Travel Grants to our 19th Annual Science & Advocacy Symposium is July 12, 2024 - just one month away. Special thanks to the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and Global Technology Services for helping to underwrite this program!

Please share this opportunity in your networks and on social media, or forward this message to a friend, family member or colleague with an SCI.

Join us,

PS - Maximize your savings on U2FP’s Annual Symposium with Early Bird and PLEX discounts. More details here.

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