SEMINAR: Michael A. Lane

12dec12:3014:00SEMINAR: Michael A. LaneSpinal Plasticity and Repair after Cervical Spinal Cord Injury

Event Details

Spinal Plasticity and Repair after Cervical Spinal Cord Injury

Speaker: Michael A. Lane, PhD
Institution: Associate Professor Director, Division of Respiratory Research
The Marion Murray Spinal Cord Research Center
Drexel University, College of Medicine Philadelphia, PA
Place: CIPF conference room

Abstract: There is a growing scientific and clinical interest in the use of neural precursor cells to repair the injured spinal cord. A vast number of studies have shown that neural stem cells (NSCs) or lineage-restricted neural progenitor cells (NPCs) can integrate with the injured spinal cord and facilitate some repair and recovery. Despite extensive preclinical research, it remains unclear as to 1) how and when donor cells differentiate and integrate with host injured circuitry, 2) if integration can be enhanced and/or guided using non-invasive means such as activity-based therapy or 3) what the long-term phenotype of donor cells is once transplanted. With a focus on the phrenic circuit and respiratory dysfunction after cervical spinal cord injury (SCI), this presentation will begin to explore these questions, and test the hypothesis that i) pairing cellular transplantation with activity-based therapy will enhance connectivity, and ii) attention toward the phenotype of cells developed for transplantation can improve outcome.


(Thursday) 12:30 - 14:00(GMT+01:00)


Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe

Eduardo Primo Yúfera, 3 Valencia Spain