The 2013 Canadian Spinal Cord Conference brought scientists, clinicians and trainees from across Canada together in Halifax to share the latest findings in the field of spinal cord injury and repair. The interdisciplinary nature of this meeting facilitates the cross-pollination of ideas and bridges the gap between fundamental discovery and clinical application.
Canada is a global leader in spinal cord research, so findings brought to light at the 2013 meeting represent the vanguard of discovery in this exciting field. Delegates shared their insights in a wide range of areas, including:
- the development, structure and function of the spinal cord and its neural networks - new methods for exploring the mechanisms of spinal cord injury - new pre-clinical models of spinal cord injury and treatment - novel methods of neural stimulation - experimental neurotransplantation techniques in spinal cord injury - the ethics of clinical neurotransplantation studies
For more detailed information about topics under discussion at the conference, download the program.
The generous support of sponsors enabled approximately 40 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from across Canada to attend the 2013 Canadian Spinal Cord Conference. The high participation rate of trainees marked a particular success of the conference, as it provided them with the opportunity to meet and talk to leading researchers in spinal cord research. Connecting the next generation of researchers with opportunities to develop their skills in top labs is key to advancing the field.