Archive for November, 2011

To build upon the information in my last post (and I hope you’ve checked the Unite 2 Fight Paralysis website at www.unite2fightparalysis.org), I wanted to share some additional information about other research that is going on right here in New Jersey.

If you have never met or listened to Dr. Wise Young and Dr. Patricia Morton at the WM Keck Center, SCI Project at Rutgers in Piscataway, I would suggest you try to attend their upcoming Open House this Friday, November 4. You can tour the lab and listen to Dr. Young’s updates on the latest news from the China SCINet Trials and his plans for U.S. trials in 2012. Go to   http://keck.rutgers.edu/calendar/calendar.html for the details on the event. Dr. Young also makes himself available after every presentation to answer your questions one on one. He is such a caring, compassionate person and a brilliant scientist – we are SO fortunate to have him right here in New Jersey! Take advantage of hearing him speak and take time to meet him and speak with him. I know you’ll be glad you did!

If I can answer any questions for you about the Open House, please ask!


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OK, I know it’s been a while – a very long while – since I’ve posted. No excuses, I know. Time to get back to business!

All of our Push to Walk trainers and I attended two wonderful, educational and informative days at the Working 2 Walk Conference in Rockville, Maryland. Many, many thanks to Marilyn Smith and her crew for organizing such a great forum for the SCI community.

They will be posting videos of all the presentations on their site as they are able to edit and upload them, so check their site on a regular basis to watch and learn what the scientists and researchers spoke about: www.unite2fightparalysis.org.

I personally found the workshop very enlightening and promising. There is so much going on in the world for SCI research, that I remain hopeful that it’s not a matter of if, but a matter of time. I am frustrated, like so many others who expressed their opinions, in the amount of time it takes to get clinical studies approved, but hopefully the SCI community can band together and work in an organized manner to help push things through the process in a  more timely fashion.

If you are interested in getting more involved in this aspect of the SCI world, I suggest you contact Marilyn Smith at Unite 2Fight Paralysis and let her know you’d like to join the cause. I’m sure she would appreciate hearing from you!


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