2017 Working 2 Walk Symposium Agenda


Please note: this schedule is tentative and subject to change.

You can also check out our current Speaker List.

Thursday, October 12, 2017 – Arrival Day

5:00-7:00 pm
Early Registration & Check-In – Continental Foyer, Hilton Miami Airport

Friday, October 13, 2017 – International Ballroom

7:30-9:00am
Registration & Continental Breakfast – Exhibitor Visits

General Session

9:00 am
Opening Remarks
Matthew Rodreick, Executive Director – Unite 2 Fight Paralysis
9:15-9:40 am
“Current Progress on Neuroprotection and Repair following Spinal Cord Injury: The Miami Project Experience”
W. Dalton Dietrich, PhD – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
9:40-9:50 am
Q&A Session
9:50-10:10 am
Enhancement of Functionally-Relevant Host-Graft Connectivity Following Neural Progenitor Cell Transplantation into Cervical Spinal Cord Injuries”
Paul Reier, PhD – University of Florida
10:10-10:20 am
Q&A Session
10:20-10:50 am
Break – Exhibitor Visits
10:50-11:20 am
“The Cure Map”
Matthew Rodreick (Moderator)
Kelsey Peterson – “The Cure Map
Madeline Brown, MFA – “The Cure Map
11:20-11:30 am
Q&A Session
11:30-11:50 am
Improving Hand and Arm Function After Spinal Cord Injury”
Chet Moritz, PhD – University of Washington
11:50 am-12 noon
Q&A Session
12 noon-12:30 pm
Cure Advocacy Network Panel Discussion: Update on Washington State’s Recent Appropriation for SCI Research
Kelsey Peterson – Filmmaker, “The Cure Map
Chet Moritz, PhD – University of Washington
Kate Willette, Author – “Don’t Call It A Miracle
Matthew Rodreick (Moderator)
12:30-1:30 pm
Lunch – Exhibitor Visits
1:30-1:50 pm

“Long-term Human Neural Stem Cell Transplant for Repair of Spinal Cord Injury: Neurogenesis, Gliogenesis, and Axon Persistence”
Paul Lu, PhD – University of California, San Diego

1:50-2:10 pm

“Combined Gene Therapy and Stem Cell Transplantation for Spinal Cord Injury”
Murray Blackmore, PhD – Marquette University

2:10-2:30 pm
Q&A Session with Drs. Lu & Blackmore
2:30-2:50 pm

“Cellular Transplantation Strategies after Spinal Cord and Peripheral Nerve Injury”
Allan Levi, M.D., Ph.D., FACS – University of Miami

2:50-3:00 pm
Q&A Session
3:00-3:30 pm
Break – Exhibitor Visits
3:30-4:10 pm
Stem Cell Panel Discussion
Paul Lu, PhD – University of California, San Diego
Paul Reier, PhD, University of Florida
Allan Levi, M.D., Ph.D., FACS – University of Miami
Murray Blackmore, PhD – Marquette University
Edward D. Wirth, III, MD, PhD – Asterias Biotherapeutics (Moderator)
4:10-4:45 pm
Table Discussion: How Do Science & Advocacy Intersect?
4:45-5:00 pm
“Rick Hansen Institute: SCIRE Project” & Wrap Up
5:00-7:00 pm
Networking Reception
Hilton Pool Deck
Dinner on your own


Saturday, October 14, 2017 – International Ballroom

8:00-9:00 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast – Exhibitor Visits

General Session

9:00-9:10 am
Welcome
Matthew Rodreick, Executive Director – Unite 2 Fight Paralysis
9:10-9:40 am

“Improving Upper Extremity Function in Cervical Spinal Cord Injury—Focus on Nerve Transfer Surgery”
Ida Fox, MD – Washington University

9:40-10:00 am
Restoring Function with Neuroprosthetics: Three Decades of Patient Outcomes”
Megan Moynahan, MS – Institute for Functional Restoration
10:00-10:30 am
Q&A Session with Ms. Moynahan and Dr. Fox
10:30-11:00 am
Break – Exhibitor Visits
11:00-11:30 am
Panel Discussion: Activity-Based Therapy Strategy
Dave Font, MPA, HRD, Push to Walk
Eric Harness, NeuroEX
Cristina Sadowsky, MD, Kennedy Krieger Institute
Michele Towle, DP Clinical
Matthew Rodreick (Moderator)
11:30-11:50 am

“Big-Data Analytics: Bringing ‘Dark Data’ to Light for Enhancing Discovery and Translation in Spinal Cord Injury”
Adam Ferguson PhD, University of CA, San Francisco

11:50 am-12:05 pm
Q&A Session with Dr. Ferguson
12:05-12:25 pm
Keynote Speaker
Sabrina Cohen – Founder & President, Sabrina Cohen Foundation
12:25-1:30 pm
Lunch – Exhibitor Visits
1:30-1:50 pm
Overcoming Proteoglycan Barriers to Axon Regeneration and Sprouting in the Chronically Paralyzed Respiratory System”
Jerry Silver, PhD – Case Western Reserve University
1:50-2:20 pm
“A Translatable Peptide to Overcome Glial Scar Formation After Spinal Cord Injury”
Yu-Shang Lee, PhD – Cleveland Clinic
Ching-Yi Lin, PhD – Cleveland Clinic
2:20-2:40 pm
Q&A with Drs. Silver, Lee and Lin
2:40-3:10 pm
Table Discussion: Where Are You in the Cure Map?”
3:10-3:30 pm
Miami Project Breakout Overview
Kim Anderson-Erisman, PhD – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
3:30-4:00 pm
Break – Exhibitor Visits
4:00 pm-End
Miami Project Breakouts
Room 1
Healthy Aging After Spinal Cord Injury”
Gregory Bigford, PhD – Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Eva Widerstron-Noga, DDS, PhD – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Christine K. Thomas, PhD – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Rachel Cowan, PhD – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Room 2
The Therapeutic Potential of Brain Stimulation”
Jonathon Jagid, PhD – University of Miami Health System
Brian R. Noga, PhD – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Monica Perez, PT, PhD – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Room 3
Clinical Research Participation”
Kim Anderson-Erisman, PhD – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Katie Gant, PhD – The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
5:00 pm
Day 2 Wrap-up

End of Conference