NIH hosts meeting on the future of spinal cord injury research

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Research and patient community to discuss challenges and potential breakthroughs  


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its partners will host a meeting of researchers, clinicians, patients and patient advocates to discuss spinal cord injury (SCI) research and to chart a course of future studies. The two-day meeting will focus on three important timepoints for spinal cord injury: acute, sub-acute, and chronic. Other sessions will discuss the latest pre-clinical, clinical, and technological research relating to SCI. Overall, the meeting aims to discuss how to overcome barriers and improve collaboration.

Michael Boninger, M.D., from the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh will give the keynote presentation. Dr. Boninger will draw on his experience as a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician and a researcher that crosses the boundaries between laboratory and clinic to set the stage for a discussion of what the future could hold for persons with spinal cord injury.


February 12-13, 2019, NIH Natcher Conference Center, Bethesda, Maryland

In-person registration for this event has closed; however, the event will be streamed via webcast at

For more information about the meeting, including a complete agenda and list of speakers, please visit


The following NIH event organizers will be available for interviews:

  • Lyn Jakeman, Ph.D., Director of Neuroscience, NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  • Alison Cernich, Ph.D., Director, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

To arrange an interview, please contact and


NINDS is the nation’s leading funder of research on the brain and nervous system. The mission of NINDS is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease.

About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): NICHD conducts and supports research in the United States and throughout the world on fetal, infant and child development; maternal, child and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information, visit NICHD’s website.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit NIH's website.