SCI Forum Schedule
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
Neural devices to promote recovery following spinal cord injury
Neural devices electrically stimulate the nervous system to improve function. These devices have tremendous potential to improve quality of life after spinal cord injury. In this forum, Chet Moritz, PhD will talk about his research to improve hand and arm function by stimulating the spinal cord through electrodes placed externally on the skin over the spine, rather than directly on the spinal cord. Dr. Moritz is an associate professor in the UW Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics and co-director of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering. He will describe the case of a research participant with chronic C3 tetraplegia (ASIA D) who substantially improved hand and arm function after four weeks of skin surface stimulation combined with physical therapy. Physical therapy alone did not result in further improvements. The participant retained these gains at follow-up three months later without further treatment. Dr. Moritz is recruiting participants with incomplete (ASIA B, C or D) cervical SCI (quadriplegia/tetraplegia) for this ongoing study; learn more about it at the forum and find out if you might be eligible to participate. Continuing education credits (CEUs) will be available for physical and occupational therapists: 1.5 contact hours. Certificates will be provided.
5:30 - 6:30 pm Meet & Greet! Meet in the hospital cafeteria (Plaza Café) to socialize, network and eat (buy or bring dinner) before the forum. No RSVP--just show up! Please call 206-685-3999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Hospital Cafeteria (Plaza Café) Conference Rooms
University of Washington Medical Center
1959 NE Pacific St. Seattle, WA 98195
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Free Parking: Pay $5 at the gate house before you enter the S1 parking area. We will give you a coupon for a full refund when you exit the garage.
- Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
SCI Wellness Summit, our annual half-day symposium, will offer education and networking opportunities to individuals with spinal cord injuries, families and caregivers, and rehabilitation medicine professionals. Details coming in September.
- Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
Dr. Juan Asanza, VA Puget Sound Healthcare Spinal Cord Injury Service, will present a talk about alternative and complementary treatments for common medical complications of SCI.
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