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Researchers To Present Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Findings

The devastation caused by a brain or spinal cord injury came into full focus recently when Baltimore man Freddie Gray sustained a spinal cord injury, allegedly while in police custody, and died just days later, sparking riots throughout the city. But the statistics regarding those types of injuries are even grimmer and are the focus of a Review of Research to take place May 13 and 14 at the Cooley Life Center in Houston, Texas.


“Most often, people who have experienced a brain or spinal cord injury aren’t the stuff of headlines in their communities, but more than 230,000 people live with these types of injuries across our country,” said The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) Foundation Executive Director Cynthia Adkins. “It is the mission of TIRR Foundation to aid in the collaborative mission of treatment for these types of injuries and to further research that will bring advancements for treatment.”


TIRR Foundation awarded more than $1,931,800 in grants to researchers in 2013 and 2014 overseeing a total of 41 projects focusing on these injuries. Researchers who are members of Mission Connect, TIRR Foundation’s collaborative neurotrauma research project, will present their findings to fellow researchers, an external review board and TIRR Foundation board members. Among those attending will be TIRR external review board members Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D., University of Miami; Ed Dixon, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; Itzhak Fischer, Ph.D., Drexel University College of Medicine; Susan Harkema, Ph.D., University of Louisville; John Houle, Ph.D., Drexel University College of Medicine; Linda Noble-Haeusslein, Ph.D., University of California at San Francisco; Linda Phillips, Ph.D., Medical College of Virginia; Stephen Scheff, Ph.D., University of Kentucky; Ted Teng, Ph.D., M.D., The Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School; and Alison Willing, Ph.D., University of South Florida.