I invite you to Albuquerque in April for the 2017 Annual Meeting. Under the leadership of co-chairs Drs. Heather Russell and Jeffrey Berliner, the Program Committee has created a scientific program that reflects highly relevant, innovative, and informative topics that are aligned with ASIA’s mission and responsive to member requests. The 2017 Scientific Meeting will include a new interactive platform through the Mobile Meeting Guide that will allow attendees to submit questions and comments before and during talks and poster sessions.
Two Precourses will “jump-start” the 2017 scientific meeting: The Howard H. Steel Course on Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury/Dysfunction, and Neuro-urology. Participants of the Precourses will join together on Tuesday evening for a welcome reception and again during lunch on Wednesday for a session on “Transitional Urology.” I extend my sincere gratitude to the Pediatric Committee and ASIA member Dr. Michael Kennelly for their leadership in developing and delivering the Precourses. Be sure to attend a Precourse and the main Scientific Meeting. Pediatric and Urology topics and talks will extend throughout the main meeting, Thursday through Saturday.
The program content of the main meeting has a strong focus on mechanistic and translational research, as well as clinical trials. The 2017 Distinguished G. Heiner Sell Lectureship will be presented by Dr. Jacqueline C. Bresnahan, and will focus on mechanisms and repair of secondary damage after SCI, as well as plasticity and regeneration. Two keynote lectures will be presented; “Harnessing Spinal Plasticity Triggered by Intermittent Hypoxia to Improve Breathing and Walking” by Dr. Mitchell Gordon, and “Habit Hides Recovery in Neonatal to Adult Spinal Cord Injury” by Dr. Karen Pape. The Research and Awards Committee will present a course entitled “The Path to Successful Translational Research: How to Move to the Next Step,” and SCOPE will offer a course entitled “Clinical Trials 360 Degrees.” The keynotes and both courses involve faculty who are content experts and opinion leaders. I have no doubt that the courses will facilitate timely and insightful discourse. The Education Committee will offer courses and training opportunities on the ISNCSCI, and the Rehabilitation Standards Committee will offer an educational track focused on Health and Wellness. On Thursday afternoon we will deliberate and debate on End Of Life and The Right to Choose, and on Friday morning, case studies will be presented and discussed over breakfast. Important work on autonomic function and regulation, cardiovascular disease, measurement and outcomes instruments, exoskeletons, pediatrics, functional electrical stimulation, spinal cord stimulation, transition, data-sharing, fitness, upper extremity interventions, rehabilitation, ethics, caregiving, and prevention and advocacy, will also be presented.
The meeting also provides a venue for celebrating Professor Biering-Sørensen’s lifetime work in spinal cord injury. Please join me in congratulating Fin for receiving the 2017 ASIA Lifetime Achievement Award!
Finally, a big thank you goes out to the companies exhibiting at the 2017 ASIA Scientific Meeting and our Corporate Sponsors and Partners who help us continue our Mission to be the premier North American organization in the field of Spinal Cord Injury care, education and research
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I extend an invitation to you and look forward to seeing you at the 2017 ASIA Annual Meeting in Albuquerque.
My Very Best,
ASIA President 2015-2017