Most people think that when a person becomes paralyzed that the person simply cannot walk anymore. However, the reality is that there are quite a few systems of the body that are effected by a spinal cord injury (SCI). Body temperature regulation, skin breakdown, high/low blood pressure, neurogenic bowel/bladder issues, osteoporosis, muscle contracture, decreased lung capacity, hypersensitivity, potential sexual dysfunction, and decreased metabolism (I’m sure I missed a few). Not to mention the psychological and social effects of an SCI or disability.
On February 24, members of TIRR Foundation's Board of Directors, TIRR Family and guests boarded a bus at 7:30 am and headed to College Station for a tour of Mission Connect labs focused on spinal cord injury repair and regeneration. As part of TIRR Foundation's Spinal Cord Injury Research Hiring Initiative, four new researchers were hired to open Mission Connect labs within four schools at TAMU. TIRR Foundation's $1.5 million investment in SCI research at TAMU has created a powerful collaborative platform at this institution which further strengthens Mission Connect.
Never Fear...Taste of TIRR has been rescheduled!
Maudie Werlin and Cynthia Adkins have been hard at work coordinating with the River Oaks Country Club and chef John Tasar to reschedule our 2020 Celebrity Chef's Dinner. The new date is Thursday, October 8. Taste of TIRR was nearing sell-out before COVID-19 closures became eminent. This means we still have seating available for guests who had not yet responded or had a conflict on the original date.
As academic and medical institutions placed travel bans on staff, cancellations from members of our External Review Committee (ERC) began to arrive in Carol Garibay's inbox . By the second week of March it was apparent that Mission Connect's Annual Review of Science, scheduled in April, would not be taking place. In rapid succession, hotel and flight reservations, catering, and room reservations were cancelled and renegotiated and more than 20 research teams scheduled to present were notified of the change.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, academic institutions across the nation are shutting down and operating remotely. These closures are having a significant impact on all lab-based research, and in particular, those dependent upon highly specialized equipment and staff to maintain research rodent populations, live cultures, and cell lines.