The 2017 ASIA conference promises to cover a very broad spectrum of topics across a number of mediums including scientific posters, free papers, workshops, and invited speakers that span the continuum of SCI research and SCI care, rehabilitation and habilitation. Credits for continuing education will be offered for the vast majority of clinician attendees including: physicians, psychologists, social workers, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.

Meeting highlights will include keynote speakers Karen Pape, MD, FRCPC, “Habit hides recovery in neonatal to adult SCI” and Gordon Mitchell, PhD who will talk on spinal plasticity triggered by intermittent hypoxia to improve breathing and walking after SCI, “Can we harness spinal plasticity triggered by intermittent hypoxia to improve breathing and walking after SCI?

Dr. Fin Biering-Sorensen will deliver the keynote address, "Lessons learned from a lifetime career in SCI care and research." Dr. Biering-Sorensen has been announced as recipient of the 2017 ASIA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Jacqueline Bresnahan has been announced as the 2017 ASIA Heiner G. Sell Lecturer. Dr. Bresnahan will lecture on research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of cell death and neurorecovery after neurotrauma.

Two popular sessions will be back for the  2017 Scientific Conference:
Round-Room discussions will allow conference attendees the opportunity to learn from and listen to others’ experiences, while sharing their own viewpoints.  Attendees from all disciplines and all experience levels are highly encouraged to attend and be a part of these lively conversations. Last year was the inception of the round room format at the ASIA conference and it was well received! This year topics will apply to both pediatric and adult care.

Point-Counterpoint- Speakers will present evidence and arguments both for and against interesting clinically and/or ethically challenging topics in spinal cord injury. There will be plenty of time allotted for audience participation during the discussion of each case. Point-Counterpoint Topics will include End of life/Right to Choose and Ambulation vs. Wheelchair/Adaption vs. Activity Based Rehabilitation.

The American Spinal Injury Association Executive Board and Program Committee are excited about the preliminary program. Keep your eyes open for many other announcements about speakers and topics that will be discussed at the Annual Scientific Meeting in 2017. We look forward to seeing you all in beautiful New Mexico!


Heather Russell, PhD
Program Co-Chair
Jeffrey Berliner, DO
Program Co-Chair



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