Speakers & Agenda

October 4-5 | Cleveland, Ohio

Confirmed speakers as of June 10th, 2019. Stay tuned for a few more presenters while we await confirmation.

  • Because his passion is for the chronically injured and the chronically ill, Mike has been presenting “Exercise is Medicine” to universities and organizations internationally including Israel, Italy, Madrid, and Ireland. He believes that now, more than ever, the health care industry and the fitness industry must join efforts in combating and preventing the progression of disease and the effects of injury.
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  • Dr. David Darrow is a neurosurgery resident at the University of Minnesota and is the principal investigator (PI) for the E-STAND Clinical trial. He received bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Mathematics at Texas A&M University, and then completed medical school at University of Texas Medical Branch, in addition to a master’s degree in public health with a focus on biostatistics.
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  • Alina Garbuzov | Postdoctoral Researcher at University of California, San Diego - School of Medicine
    Alina Garbuzov | Postdoctoral Researcher at University of California, San Diego - School of Medicine

    Alina is a post-doctoral researcher in the lab of Mark Tuszynski at the Center of Neural Repair at UCSD Medical School. She attended Brown University for her undergraduate degree, where she studied Neuroscience and Molecular Biology. After Brown, she moved to California to attend Stanford Graduate School. During her PhD studies she fell while rock climbing and fractured her L1 vertebra. Alina was able to re-start school and complete her dissertation in the field of stem cell biology and genetics. She brings expertise in molecular biology, stem cell biology, and bioinformatics to a lab that specializes in stem-cell based treatment for SCI.

  • Hal has a background with public speaking which came about nearly ten years ago after he sustained a life-changing accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. Hal refused to let that define his life and limit his dreams because of any physical limitations and has pursued every opportunity that has been put in front of him, also while creating opportunities for himself.
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  • Jessica Kwok holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Hong Kong. She was a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Cambridge (UK) and a Visiting scientist at both the University of Grenoble Alpes (France) and the Institute of Experimental Medicine, Czech Academy of Sciences (Czech Republic). Dr. Kwok's research interests include the role of chondroitin sulphates and perineuronal nets in spinal cord injury and memory.
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  • My laboratory studies how the nervous system controls our movements, such as walking and reaching, from the dual perspectives of brain development and recovery of movement function after brain or spinal injury. Our studies focus on the connections between the cerebral cortex and the spinal cord that control movements. We are interested in the mechanisms by which the specificity of these connections are established during development. We use a variety of animal models to study this question, including genetic approaches. We have discovered the importance of activity- and use-dependent plasticity in the development of connectional specificity in the cortical motor systems.
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  • Dr. Martin speaks nationally on topics related to Activity-Based Rehabilitation; she has taught many continuing education courses for rehabilitation professionals in the areas of neurological pathology, rehabilitation, and research. She has been the principal investigator and co-investigator for grants from the Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation and Department of Defense to develop, promote, and disseminate an activity-based restorative therapy training program and curriculum.
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  • Dr. McTigue's laboratory focuses on the role of adult progenitor cells after CNS injury or disease. These cells have been shown to form new oligodendrocytes in vivo after demyelination, and to form oligodendrocytes, astrocytes and neurons in vitro. In recent studies, they determined that these cells spontaneously form a large number of new oligodendrocytes and remyelinate axons for several months after spinal cord injury.
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  • Susan Miller, M.D. | Coverage and Analysis Group, Centers for  Medicare and Medicaid Services
    Susan Miller, M.D. | Coverage and Analysis Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

    Dr. Miller is a Board-certified physiatrist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She practiced clinical medicine for approximately two decades across a spectrum of inpatient and outpatient settings and then joined the Coverage and Analysis Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

  • Dr. Parr's research currently centers around transplanting neural stem cells grown from a patient's own skin into the injured spinal cord. She has an active translational research laboratory at the Stem Cell Institute. She is interested in examining mechanisms of functional recovery using techniques such as histology and immunohistochemistry, cell tracking through magnetic resonance imaging, and animal modeling.
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  • Dr. Peckham focuses on the use of functional electrical stimulation to restore hand and arm control in paralyzed individuals. He was instrumental in the creation of the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Center, which studies the application of electrical currents to generate or suppress nerve activity. As the center's executive director, Peckham has built a model of successful research collaboration among scientists, engineers, and clinicians from the Cleveland Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University and MetroHealth Medical Center.
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  • The Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair lab is an interdisciplinary research group dedicated to studying the complexities of CNS injury, inflammation and tissue repair. They are currently funded by the NIH to explore the consequences of resident (e.g., microglia) and recruited inflammatory cell (e.g., macrophages, T-lymphocytes) activation on axonal injury, demyelination and neurological function in models of rat and mouse SCI. Dr. Popovich also serves as the Chair of U2FP's Scientific Advisory Board
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  • Dr. Silver received his PhD from Case Western Reserve University in 1974 and was the recipient of the Herbert S. Steuer Memorial Award for Meritorious Original Research in Anatomy. He did post-doctoral work at Harvard University in the Department of Neurosciences at The Children’s Hospital and in the Neuropathology Department at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Silver is currently Professor in the Department of Neurosciences at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
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  • Lana Zholudeva is a post-doctoral student in The Lane Lab at Drexel University.
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