UTSpeaks: Reviving Reasons to Hope

A thing of the past?  Photo by Alex Luyckx - Flickr

A thing of the past? Photo by Alex Luyckx - Flickr

14 September 2016
6:00 PM

The Great Hall

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New research into spinal cord injury and neurodegeneration is offering real hope of recovery for people with conditions long thought incurable

For people living with the devastating effects of spinal cord injury or failing brain function, recovery has remained doubtful. But startling US research advances are now seeing movement and feeling restored to people with spinal cord injury.

UTS will build on this breakthrough research, alongside new research into causes and possible cures for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease through a new Centre for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, currently being established.

In collaboration with SpinalCure Australia and Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, this not-to-be-missed lecture features world-renowned researcher, Professor Reggie Edgerton.It explores his astonishing new discoveries leading to unprecedented breakthroughs in recovery for patients with brain and spinal cord injury, and elaborates on plans for the continued development of his visionary work here in Sydney at UTS.

Renew your reason to hope, watch this fascinating lecture and lively expert panel forum and learn of exciting new research UTS is pursuing to preserve and improve quality of life.  Watch the SpinalCure Australia Video

Introduction – Professor Bryce Vissel, UTS Faculty of Science
UTS Professor of Neuroscience Bryce Vissel will lead the University’s Centre for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine. Before joining UTS he led research for brain and spinal cord repair at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and before that was based at the Salk Institute in the USA. Bryce is a regular media commentator on health matters, an advisor to government and patient advocacy groups, and has gained international recognition, receiving a number of awards including the prestigious Fulbright award, a Liebermann award and a BIOFIRST award.

Special Guest Speaker – Professor Reggie Edgerton, University of California
Reggie Edgerton has been teaching and conducting research at UCLA for more than 40 years. The milestones he has achieved in spinal cord regeneration have gained world-wide repute. His work focuses on how neural networks in the lumbar spinal cord of mammals, including humans, regain control of standing, stepping and voluntary control of fine movements after paralysis and how these motor functions can be modified by chronically imposing activity-dependent interventions after spinal cord injury. He is currently the Director of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory and a Distinguished Professor of the Departments of Integrative Biology and Physiology, Neurobiology and Neurosurgery. Reggie received his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Michigan State University, and Masters from University of Iowa and BS from East Carolina University.

Special Guest Panellist - Kerri-Anne Kennerley

Forum Moderator - Tim Dean, Science and Technology Editor, The Conversation


13 Sep 2016
Health and Science