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Kentucky Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research Trust Symposium

You are cordially invited to attend the 26th Annual

Kentucky Spinal Cord & Head Injury Research Trust Symposium

May 18th – 19th, 2021

This year’s virtual meeting will highlight innovative approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI), insights into cerebrovascular pathology associated with TBI, influences of gut dysbiosis and pain on spinal cord injury (SCI) recovery, and emerging bioengineering/stem cell therapeutics for SCI. Registration is FREE, but is Required.

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University of Kentucky College of MedicineCraig H Neilsen FoundationKentucky Spinal Cord & Head Injury Research TrustSpinal Cord & Brain Injury Research Center




Summary of Program Sessions/Speakers

Innovative Approaches for Diagnosis, Prognosis, and
Treatment of TBI

  • Keynote Lecture: Brain-derived exosomes as a prognostic
    tool for traumatic brain injury
    David Meaney, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Extracellular vesicle biomarkers for Alzheimer’s and traumatic
    brain injury.
    Dimitrios Kapogiannis, M.D., National Institute of Aging
  • Immunological mechanisms underlying damage and repair of
    the injured brain.
    Dorian McGavern, Ph.D., National Institute of Neurological
    Disorders and Stroke

SCI Pathophysiology – Influences of Gut Microbiome and
Spinal Learning
Chair: Sasha Rabchevsky, Ph.D.

  • Gut microbiome is a disease-modifying factor after spinal cord
    Kristina Kigerl, Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • The pain of polytrauma: How pain input after SCI can increase
    tissue loss and undermine long-term recovery
    James Grau, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Neuroinflammation in TBI and SCI
Chair: Adam Bachstetter, Ph.D.

  • Cell-specific control of TBI-induced neuroinflammation by Eph
    Michelle Theus, Ph.D., Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary
  • Targeting neuroinflammation in SCI
    John Gensel, Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Emerging Topics
Chair: James Shaughnessy, DMD., Chairman of Kentucky
Spinal Cord and Head Injury Research Trust

  • Inulin supplementation mitigates gut microbiome dysbiosis
    and restores cerebral blood flow in mice with mild traumatic
    brain injury
    Lucille M. Yanckello, University of Kentucky Trainee
  • Role of the clock pathway in pathogenesis of SCI
    Lukasz Slomnicki, Ph.D., University of Louisville Trainee
  • Therapeutic implications of a changing SCI demographic
    Andrew Stewart, Ph.D., University of Kentucky Trainee
  • Neuromodulation of spinal locomotor circuitry to elicit stepping
    after pediatric spinal cord injury
    Katie Lucas, PhD, DPT., University of Louisville Trainee
  • Featured Speaker
    Advocacy: Setting the family table to talk politics
    Matthew Rodreick, Unite 2 Fight Paralysis

Multidisciplinary Approaches for SCI Therapeutics
Chair: Samir Patel, Ph.D.

  • Neural precursor cell transplantation for cervical spinal cord
    Michael Lane, Ph.D., Drexel University
  • Sensory cortical control of movement in health and disease
    Kajana Satkunendrarajah, Ph.D., Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Synthetic materials and stem cell-based multimodal approaches to investigating recovery neurobiology of injured spinal cord
    Ted Teng, Ph.D., Harvard University, Spaulding Rehabilitation
    Hospital Network, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Vascular Damage/Repair Following TBI
Chair: Lei Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Impairments in cerebral blood flow regulation following mild
    traumatic brain injury
    Sushmita Purkayastha, Ph.D., Southern Methodist University
  • Vascular damage and repair in TBI
    Andre Obenaus, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • Preclinical studies on the use of targeted antibody-antioxidant
    enzyme conjugates for vascular protection in TBI-associated
    Servio Ramirez, Ph.D., Temple University

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