By Keith Tansey, MD, PhD
Well it has been a busy last six months for ASIA. We have gained a new Board member and are taking nominations for our next one. We have negotiated a new and improved contract with our management company, Ruggles Service Corporation, for the next two years. Our committees have completed a review of our Strategic Plan
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The ASIA Membership Committee is pleased to announce two new Clinic/Institutional Membership categories. The NEW Clinic/Institutional GOLD membership includes core benefits of the higher PLATINUM Clinic/Institutional membership but with simplified benefit options.
Call for Nominations
The American Spinal Injury Association's Nominating Committee invites members to submit nominations for candidates to serve on the ASIA Board of Directors. There will be one open position. The new board member will begin a two year term at the conclusion of the ASIA Scientific Meeting in Rochester, MN, May 2-4, 2018. You are encouraged to nominate yourself or someone else who has demonstrated leadership in SCI research, education and/or clinical practice, and is an active and contributing members of ASIA. Nominations, along with a CV and photo should be submitted to Patty Duncan at the link below.
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Congratulations to Keith Tansey, MD, PhD, honored for winning one of the President's Research Initiative Awards at the 2017 American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) Annual Meeting in Phoenix. Of more than 200 abstracts selected for presentation this year, the award was given to the best 10 that reflected the AANEM President's research focus for the year, Enhancing the Understanding, Diagnosis and Management of Painful Neuromuscular Conditions. Dr. Tansey's submission was entitled "Manipulating Chronic Inflammation to Reduce Nociceptive Hyperreflexia and Pain Afferent Sprouting After Neural Injury."
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Thank you everyone who submitted abstracts for courses, presentations and posters for the 2018 ASIA Scientific Meeting. We received a record number of submissions this year! The conference program is being finalized. Our goal is to create a rich and diverse program that will benefit all
The Distinguished G. Heiner Sell Lectureship will be presented at the 2018 ASIA Annual Conference by William "Zev" Rymer, MD, PhD. Dr. Rymer is Director of the Single Motor Unit Laboratory at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, RIC) Dr. Rymer has been a pioneer in adopting an integrative research approach to improve the lives of persons with spinal cord injury, combining aspects of bioengineering, neuroscience, neurology and physiology.
The 2018 ASIA Lifetime Achievement Award has been co-awarded to Dr. Richard P. Bunge and Dr. Mary Bartlett Bunge. Richard Bunge, MD spent his lifetime at the forefront of research efforts to understand and improve the processes of repair in the nervous system. Mary Bartlett Bunge, PhD, is currently Professor of Cell Biology, Neurological Surgery, and Neurology and the Christine E. Lynn Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience at the Miller School of Medicine, working in The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
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