2008 Schedule

Saturday, March 29, 2008
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Spinal Cord Injury: What Are The Barriers To Cure?

This workshop was not designed to be a general exchange of ideas, but rather a clinical / basic science interchange to solve specific, targeted problems. During the morning session, the workshop’s presented each of the major areas of research. During the afternoon session, the faculty focused on summarizing and targeting the current barriers in each area. At the end of the day, the presentations culminated in a list of barriers and discussion of next steps for moving the research forward.8:30 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM Faculty Speakers

  • Ann A. Kiessling, PhD – “Introduction & Opening Words”
  • Naomi Kleitman, PhD – “Translating SCI Research (Cellular Therapies): What are the Challenges?”
  • Steven L. Stice, PhD – “Does amplification of neural progenitor cells derived from embryonic stem cells solve problems of cell production and FDA safety standards?”


  • Hans Keirstead, PhD – “Challenges to the Clinical Viability of Stem Cell Technologies”

12:15 PM Lunch

  • Jose Cibelli, DVM, PhD – “Is a need for autologous stem cells a barrier to spinal cord injury treatment?”
  • Wise Young, MD, PhD – “Spinal Cord Injury: Is the Cure in China?”

3:15 PM Panel of Experts

  • Scott Whittemore, PhD
  • Ravi Bellamkonda, PhD
  • Peter Gorman, MD

5:30 PM Conclusion6 PM Dinner & Cocktails