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Kennedy Krieger Institute to Participate in 2009 World Stem Cell Summit
Date:9/21/2009

Physicians and patient to share insights on stem cell research

BALTIMORE, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Representatives from the Kennedy Krieger Institute will take part in the 2009 World Stem Cell Summit beginning September 21 in Baltimore, Md., joining more than 1,200 of the world's most influential stem cell stakeholders and thought leaders through participation in the following:

Concurrent Session

SOCIETY TRACK: Stem Cell Progress Report--Spinal Cord Injury and Multiple Sclerosis

Tuesday, September 22, 4:40 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.

Dr. John McDonald, Director of the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and Josh Basile, a spinal cord injury patient at the Institute, will join the panel to speak on recent stem cell progress surrounding spinal cord injury. Dr. McDonald, a leader in spinal cord injury treatment and research, will focus on embryonic stem cell transplantation in the injured spinal cord. He will also discuss spontaneous spinal cord repair and recovery as well as using endogenous stem cells for repair through activity-based restoration strategies and principles of brain activity.

Josh Basile will share his patient perspective, addressing the importance of advocacy and the role patients play in motivating scientists and the country toward future cures. Mr. Basile hopes that his discussion will inspire attendees to influence the direction of this potentially life-changing research.

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