2017 Symposium Agenda

Please note: this schedule is tentative and subject to change.

You can also check out our current Speaker List.

Thursday, October 12, 2017 – Arrival Day

5:00-7:00 pm

Early Registration & Check-In – Continental Foyer, Hilton Miami Airport

Friday, October 13, 2017 – International Ballroom

7:30-9:00am

Registration & Continental Breakfast – Exhibitor Visits

General Session

9:00 am

Opening Remarks
Matthew Rodreick, Executive Director – Unite 2 Fight Paralysis

9:15-9:40 am

“Current Progress on Neuroprotection and Repair following Spinal Cord Injury: The Miami Project Experience”
W. Dalton Dietrich, PhD – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

9:40-9:50 am

Q&A Session

9:50-10:10 am

“Enhancement of Functionally-Relevant Host-Graft Connectivity Following Neural Progenitor Cell Transplantation into Cervical Spinal Cord Injuries”
Paul Reier, PhD – University of Florida

10:10-10:20 am

Q&A Session

10:20-10:50 am

Break – Exhibitor Visits

10:50-11:20 am

“The Cure Map”
Matthew Rodreick (Moderator)
Kelsey Peterson – “The Cure Map“
Madeline Brown, MFA – “The Cure Map“

11:20-11:30 am

Q&A Session

11:30-11:50 am

“Improving Hand and Arm Function After Spinal Cord Injury”
Chet Moritz, PhD – University of Washington

11:50 am-12 noon

Q&A Session

12 noon-12:30 pm

Cure Advocacy Network Panel Discussion: Update on Washington State’s Recent Appropriation for SCI Research
Kelsey Peterson – Filmmaker, “The Cure Map“
Chet Moritz, PhD – University of Washington
Kate Willette, Author – “Don’t Call It A Miracle”
Matthew Rodreick (Moderator)

12:30-1:30 pm

Lunch – Exhibitor Visits

1:30-1:50 pm

“Long-term Human Neural Stem Cell Transplant for Repair of Spinal Cord Injury: Neurogenesis, Gliogenesis, and Axon Persistence”
Paul Lu, PhD – University of California, San Diego

1:50-2:10 pm

“Combined Gene Therapy and Stem Cell Transplantation for Spinal Cord Injury”
Murray Blackmore, PhD – Marquette University

2:10-2:30 pm

Q&A Session with Drs. Lu & Blackmore

2:30-2:50 pm

“Cellular Transplantation Strategies after Spinal Cord and Peripheral Nerve Injury”
Allan Levi, M.D., Ph.D., FACS – University of Miami

2:50-3:00 pm

Q&A Session

3:00-3:30 pm

Break – Exhibitor Visits

3:30-4:10 pm

Stem Cell Panel Discussion
Paul Lu, PhD – University of California, San Diego
Paul Reier, PhD, University of Florida
Allan Levi, M.D., Ph.D., FACS – University of Miami
Murray Blackmore, PhD – Marquette University
Edward D. Wirth, III, MD, PhD – Asterias Biotherapeutics (Moderator)

4:10-4:45 pm

Table Discussion: How Do Science & Advocacy Intersect?

4:45-5:00 pm

“Rick Hansen Institute: SCIRE Project” & Wrap Up

5:00-7:00 pm

Networking Reception
Hilton Pool Deck

Dinner on your own

Saturday, October 14, 2017 – International Ballroom

8:00-9:00 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast – Exhibitor Visits

General Session

9:00-9:10 am

Welcome
Matthew Rodreick, Executive Director – Unite 2 Fight Paralysis

9:10-9:40 am

“Improving Upper Extremity Function in Cervical Spinal Cord Injury—Focus on Nerve Transfer Surgery”
Ida Fox, MD – Washington University

9:40-10:00 am

“Restoring Function with Neuroprosthetics: Three Decades of Patient Outcomes”
Megan Moynahan, MS – Institute for Functional Restoration

10:00-10:30 am

Q&A Session with Ms. Moynahan and Dr. Fox

10:30-11:00 am

Break – Exhibitor Visits

11:00-11:30 am

Panel Discussion: Activity-Based Therapy Strategy
Dave Font, MPA, HRD, Push to Walk
Eric Harness, NeuroEX
Cristina Sadowsky, MD, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Michele Towle, DP Clinical
Matthew Rodreick (Moderator)

11:30-11:50 am

“Big-Data Analytics: Bringing ‘Dark Data’ to Light for Enhancing Discovery and Translation in Spinal Cord Injury”
Adam Ferguson PhD, University of CA, San Francisco

11:50 am-12:05 pm

Q&A Session with Dr. Ferguson

12:05-12:25 pm

Keynote Speaker
Sabrina Cohen – Founder & President, Sabrina Cohen Foundation

12:25-1:30 pm

Lunch – Exhibitor Visits

1:30-1:50 pm

“Overcoming Proteoglycan Barriers to Axon Regeneration and Sprouting in the Chronically Paralyzed Respiratory System”
Jerry Silver, PhD – Case Western Reserve University

1:50-2:20 pm

“A Translatable Peptide to Overcome Glial Scar Formation After Spinal Cord Injury”
Yu-Shang Lee, PhD – Cleveland Clinic
Ching-Yi Lin, PhD – Cleveland Clinic

2:20-2:40 pm

Q&A with Drs. Silver, Lee and Lin

2:40-3:10 pm

Table Discussion: Where Are You in the Cure Map?”

3:10-3:30 pm

Miami Project Breakout Overview
Kim Anderson-Erisman, PhD – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

3:30-4:00 pm

Break – Exhibitor Visits

4:00 pm-End

Miami Project Breakouts

Room 1

“Healthy Aging After Spinal Cord Injury”
Gregory Bigford, PhD – Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Eva Widerstron-Noga, DDS, PhD – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Christine K. Thomas, PhD – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Rachel Cowan, PhD – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

Room 2

“The Therapeutic Potential of Brain Stimulation”
Jonathon Jagid, PhD – University of Miami Health System
Brian R. Noga, PhD – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Monica Perez, PT, PhD – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

Room 3

“Clinical Research Participation”
Kim Anderson-Erisman, PhD – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Katie Gant, PhD – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

5:00 pm

Day 2 Wrap-up

End of Conference