25th Annual KY Spinal Cord & Head Injury Research Trust Symposium May 15‐16, 2019

Spinal cord research symposium features internationally recognized experts from North America and Great Britain

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – More than a dozen internationally recognized scientists from across North America and Great Britain working at the forefront of cell and molecular biology of development and disease are scheduled to speak in Louisville at the 25th Annual Kentucky Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research Trust Symposium, May 15-16, 2019. The two-day program will cover the most recent directions and conceptual advances in spinal cord injury research.

Ian Wickersham, Ph.D., of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will deliver the keynote presentation on re-engineering the rabies virus. In his Ph.D. work, Wickersham and his colleagues introduced the use of recombinant rabies virus as a tool for neuroscience and originated the paradigm of monosynaptic tracing, meaning the use of a genetically modified viral vector to identify neurons directly connected to a targeted neuronal population. Wickersham joined MIT in 2007 and started the Genetic Neuroengineering Group there in 2013.

Extensive time for poster sessions will allow participating trainees to highlight their research and foster new collaborations among senior scientific colleagues.

The symposium is sponsored by the Kentucky Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research Trust, The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, The University of Louisville School of Medicine and the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center. The annual event is hosted in alternating years by UofL and the University of Kentucky. The 2019 event will be held at the Louisville Downtown Embassy Suites Hotel.

Symposium registration fees, including breakfast, lunch and reception for all attendees:

  • Professional or Faculty: $275
  • Postdocs, Residents, Staff, Community Members: $155
  • Students: $90

To register:  http://bit.ly/KSCHIRT25

Rooms are available at the Louisville Downtown Embassy Suites for the special symposium rate of $159/night plus tax. Room reservations may be made by calling 1‐502‐813‐3800 and referencing the 25th KSCHIRT Symposium. The deadline for hotel reservations at the symposium rate is April 16.

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