Spinal Cord Plasticity in Motor Control Meeting

December 1 and 4, 2020

The Spinal Cord Plasticity in Motor Control Meeting will be presented online via the Zoom platform.  Register to attend the workshop and to receive the Zoom connection information via email.

Registration opens soon!

This symposium will focus on the role of activity-dependent spinal cord plasticity in motor control and motor learning in health and disease. The topics addressed will include: spinal cord plasticity during motor learning and in response to trauma and disease; interactions between brain and spinal cord plasticity; physiological and anatomical mechanisms underlying spinal cord plasticity and its impact on behavior; induction and guidance of plasticity in spinal reflex pathways and in corticospinal connections; activity-dependent neuromuscular plasticity; therapeutic applications of spinal cord plasticity; and related subjects

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this meeting, please contact Aiko Thompson (thompsai@musc.edu) or Blair Dellenbach (stecb@musc.edu).

 

Confirmed speakers:

Jonathan Carp (National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies)

Sudarshan Dayanidhi (Shirley Ryan Ability Lab)

V. Reggie Edgerton (University of California Los Angeles)

Arthur W. English (Emory University)

James Krause (Medical University of South Carolina)

Alain Frigon (Université de Sherbrooke)

Charles J. Heckman (Northwestern University)

Jacob McPherson (Washington University)

Martin Oudega (Shirley Ryan Ability Lab)

Monica Perez (Shirley Ryan Ability Lab)

William Zev Rymer (Northwestern University & Shirley Ryan Ability Lab)

Jonathan Wolpaw (National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies)

 

Agenda (subject to change)

Day 1: 11:00 am to 3:15 pm, December 1, 2020

11:00 to 11:10 am
Introduction
Jonathan Wolpaw (NCAN) and Rick Segal (NC NM4R)

Session I: Evolution of Spinal Cord Research through basic science–clinical research interaction
Moderator: Rick Segal

11:10 to 11:40 am
Jonathan Wolpaw (NCAN)
The Once and Future Spinal Cord: From Reflex Center to Negotiated Equilibrium

11:40 am to 12:10 pm
Martin Oudega (Shirley Ryan Ability Lab)
Optimizing clinical treatments for spinal cord injury in the laboratory

12:10 to 12:40 pm
V. Reggie Edgerton (University of California Los Angeles)
Differences in what we see experimentally and currently-held assumptions in controlling organ systems are humbling

12:40 to 12:55 pm
General Discussion

12:55 to 1:30 pm
Break with breakout rooms available to meet with individual speakers

Session II: Neuromuscular Plasticity
Moderator: Jonathan Carp

1:30 to 2:00 pm
Charles J. Heckman (Northwestern University)
Parameter-dependent reconfiguration of spinal responses to electrical stimulation

2:00 to 2:30 pm
Sudarshan Dayanidhi (Shirley Ryan Ability Lab)
Muscle plasticity of atrophy and growth

2:30 to 3:00 pm
Art English (Emory University)
Enhancing axon regeneration in the PNS: A lesson from Alzheimer’s disease research

3:00 to 3:15 pm
General Discussion

Day 2: 11:00 am to 3:20 pm, December 4, 2020

11:00 to 11:10 am
Introduction and General Conference Information

Session III: Spinal Cord Plasticity in Sensorimotor Control
Moderator: Mark Lyle

11:10 to 11:40 am
Jonathan Carp (NCAN)
Spinal Plasticity and Urinary Function

11:40 am to 12:10 pm
Alain Frigon (Université de Sherbrooke)
The recovery of standing and locomotion after complete spinal cord injury does not require task-specific training

12:10 to 12:40 pm
Jacob McPherson (Washington University)
Intraspinal functional connectivity with single-neuron resolution: characterizing interactions between pain and motor networks

12:40 to 12:55 pm
General Discussion

12:55 to 1:30 pm
Break with breakout rooms available to meet with individual speakers

Session IV: Understanding Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Developing Therapies for People with SCI
Moderator: Aiko Thompson

1:30 to 2:00 pm
James Krause (Medical University of South Carolina)
Risk of adverse outcomes among ambulatory participants with spinal cord injury

2:00 to 2:30 pm
Monica Perez (Shirley Ryan Ability Lab)
Targeted Spinal Cord Plasticity Enhances Voluntary Motor Output after SCI

2:30 to 3:00 pm
William Zev Rymer (Shirley Ryan Ability Lab)
An Exploration of Acute Intermittent Hypoxia as a Tool to Enhance Neural Recovery in CNS

3:00 to 3:15 pm
General Discussion

3:15 to 3:20 pm
Meeting Conclusion

  

Contact Blair Dellenbach: stecb@musc.edu for additional info.

     

Past meeting attendees in session

Past meeting attendees relaxing after session

 

 

 

  

National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies

 

 

The National Center of Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation is supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the NIH under award P2CHD086844. The National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies is supported by the National Institute of Biomedicial Imaging and Bioengineering of the NIH under award P41EB018783. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.