29th Annual Kentucky Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research Trust Symposium

When May 08, 2024 07:30 AM to
May 09, 2024 04:00 PM
Where Founders Union Bldg, 450 N. Whittington Parkway, University of Louisville Shelby Campus
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You are cordially invited to join us for the 29th Annual Kentucky Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research Trust (KSCHIRT) Symposium. The KSCHIRT meeting is unique in that it features a variety of distinct, short sessions with the specific focus of these sessions often not directly related to spinal cord or head injury, but rather on new concepts at the forefront of molecular and systems biology of development, rehabilitation, and/or disease/injury. We encourage topics that encompass an array of different model systems from flies/worms to humans in an effort to bridge the gap between basic science and clinical research. We strive to not only highlight studies which may help direct or even transition into clinical experiments, but also apply information learned from the clinic to improve our basic science research.

The Symposium will be held in-person on May 8-9, 2024 at:
Founders Union Building
University of Louisville Shelby Campus
450 North Whittington Parkway
Louisville, Kentucky 40222

The Symposium is Free to Attend

All Attendees are Required to REGISTER using the following link:  Registration Form (link)
Registration is Required by: Friday, April 19, 2024.
In-person Attendee Registration includes Breakfast and Lunch (for both days), and a Reception immediately following the program on Wednesday, May 8, 2024.

Posters: Attendees presenting a poster will need to submit their abstract to
Mrs. Christine Armstrong at: christine.armstrong@louisville.edu
Submit your Abstract before: Monday, April 19, 2024.
Please Include Separately:

  • Contact Person and their Title
  • Organization
  • Department
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address

MS Word • Arial 11 pt. • 250 Words Maximum
Posters are limited to 4’ x 6’ (or smaller) and Require Symposium Registration. Posters will be presented from 8:00AM, May 8 until 1:00PM May 9, 2024.

Hotel Accommodations Available for Out-of-town Attendees at:
Hampton Inn Louisville East/Hurstbourne
1150 Forest Bridge Road
Louisville, KY 40223
Symposium Single Rate:
$129.00/night, plus tax.
Follow the link to make hotel reservations: Hotel website link    
The deadline for hotel reservations at the Symposium Rate is April 17, 2024.

Link to 29th KSCHIRT Symposium Flyer (PDF)


Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Keynote Address
Linda J. Nobel-Haeusslein, PhD – University of Texas Austin

Session One: Plasticity along the neuraxis
Francisco Alvarez, PhD – Emory University
Monica Perez, PhD – Northwestern University
Angelo Lepore, PhD – Thomas Jefferson University
Ariel Levine, MD, PhD – National Institutes of Health NINDS

Session Two: Autonomic Plasticity
Andrei Krassioukov, MD – University of British Columbia, ICORD
Jill Wecht, EdD – Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai
Session Three: Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center Alumni
Jason Talbott, MD, PhD – University of California San Francisco
Jill Ward, PhD – Emory University

Poster Data Blitz
This session will feature presentations from select posters.

Thursday, May 9, 2024
Session Four: Emerging Topics: Bluegrass Trainee Neuroscientists
This session will feature presentations from
University of Louisville KSCIRC, and University of Kentucky SCoBIRC trainees

Session Five: Mental Health SCIR – Addiction/Depression
Mark Peterson, PhD, MD, FACSM – University of Michigan
Gyongyi Szabo, PhD – University of Massachusetts

Session Six: Sports Performance
Christopher West, PhD – University of British Columbia ICORD
Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong, MD – University of Montreal
Session Seven: Developmental Impact: Perinatal SCI and Pediatric Spinal Cord Imaging
Seth Smith, PhD – Vanderbilt University
Ronaldo Ichiyama, PhD – University of Leeds