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SCI Neuromodulation Symposium

SCI Neuromodulation Symposium Moving Beyond Isolated Systems

The spinal cord is a signal integration and communication matrix that serves to maintain systemic homeostasis under varying conditions. Spinal cord injury (SCI) perturbs the ability of the spinal cord to maintain homeostasis, which has synergistic and interdependent whole-body consequences.Neuromodulation has shown the ability to recover levels of homeostasis across many body systems. Rather than viewing the pathophysiology of SCI from an isolated organ-system perspective, this symposium will place the study of SCI in the context of medical and biological “Systems Theory” which emphasizes an integrated whole-body approach to treatment of illness and/or injury.

This unique symposium will encouraged you to initiate discussions and dialog that expands the focus of the SCI field from isolated organ-system dysfunction to the study of the multi-system, inter-related, consequences of SCI, and understanding the current science and evidence for neuromodulation – the science behind it, current research studies, and how neuromodulation can improve locomotor skills, autonomic function, and overall health for persons with spinal cord injury.

Expand your knowledge about SCI treatment and recovery during this unprecedented 3-day symposium. Have access to all sessions focused on the far-reaching effects of spinal cord injury on the whole body, with such topics as:

  • Spinal Cord Injury’s Whole-Body Effect on the Autonomic System
  • Spinal Cord Injury and Metabolic Disease
  • Muscle as an Endocrine Organ

Moving Beyond Isolated Systems

  • Tuesday, July  26 – Thursday, July 28, 2022
  • The Kentucky International Convention Center • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Presenting 29 National and International Speakers

Day 1 Guest Speaker Overview

Steven Kirshblum, MD • Keynote Speech
Spinal Cord Injury as a Whole Body System: Biology and the Hope of Neuromodulation

David Gater, Jr., MD, PhD, MS
Neurogenic Obesity after Spinal Cord Injury: Fat Gone Wild!

Phillip Popovich, PhD
Dysautonomia as a Unifying Neurogenic Feature of Multi-organ Pathology After Spinal Cord Injury

Mark Nash, PhD, FACSM
Inhibition of Myostatin Expression as a Countermeasure to Sarcopenic Obesity Following Spinal Cord Injury

J. Andrew Taylor, PhD
Hybrid-FES Exercise and Erogenic Aids: The Next Step for High Intensity Exercise in Spinal Cord Injury

Christopher Cardozo, MD
Exercise Corrects Perturbation of the Hepatokine-adipokine Axis of
SCI Mice

David Ditor, PhD
Targeting Inflammation as a Means to Manage Secondary Health Complications After Spinal Cord Injury

Karyn Esser, PhD
Exercise and Muscle Clocks; Role for Scheduled Exercise?

Jill Wecht, Ed D
Autonomic Cardiovascular Dysfunction in Spinal Cord Injury: Presentation, Consequences, Treatments

David Goldstein, Md, PhD
Homeostatic Systems, Biocybernetics, and Autonomic Medicine

Andrei Krassioukov, MD, PhD
Neuromodulation for Restoration of Autonomic Functions After Spinal Cord Injury

Sten Grillner, PhD • Keynote Speech
The Integrative Function of the Locomotor System – Implications for Spinal Cord Injury

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