kesslerKessler Foundation, West Orange, NJ, announces that the “State of Spinal Cord Injury: Latest News on Clinical Trials of Interventions to Promote Neurological Recovery,” is slated to be held at Kessler Conference Center, April 17 from 4:30pm to 6:30 pm EDT. In a recent news release, the Foundation notes that the Grand Rounds is presented by the Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System (NNJSCIS) and the Spinal Cord Injury Project of the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers, The State University New Jersey.

The release notes that Steven Kirshblum, MD, Kessler Institute, and Wise Young, MD, PhD, Keck Center, are scheduled to discuss recent and ongoing clinical trials aimed at improving recovery and quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI).

Kessler notes that Kirshblum is an internationally recognized expert in SCI and serves medical director and director of SCI Services at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and professor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School (NJMS). Kirshblum also serves as program director for the Spinal Cord Medicine Fellowship and co-project director of the NNJSCIS and his work has appeared in a number of publications, including peer-reviewed publications, and international presentations.

According to the release, Young developed the first standardized rat SCI model used worldwide for testing therapies. Young is the founding director of the Keck Center, Richard H. Shindell Chair in neuroscience, and professor II in the department of cell biology and neuroscience at Rutgers University. Kessler states that Young formed the first consortium funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to test promising therapies and helped establish several widely accepted clinical outcome measures in SCI research.

For more information contact Jeanne Zanca, PhD, MPT, senior research scientist, Spinal Cord Injury Laboratory [email protected]

Source: Kessler Foundation