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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.

Other panelists include Peter Kiernan from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Wise Young from W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, and Jane Lebkowski from Geron. The panel will be moderated by Thomas Scalea from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine World Impact Poster Forum

Poster Title: Human Cord Blood Stem Cells in a Mouse Model of Neonatal Stroke

Posters will be viewable throughout the day from Monday, September 21 through Wednesday, September 23.

Through this exploratory study, Dr. Anne Comi and colleagues bring together a new collaboration to work on the understudied clinical problem of stroke in the immature brain. The study examines how human cord blood derived stem cells enhance endogenous neurogenesis (the process by which neurons are created), and lays the groundwork for future research that may lead to methods and interventional strategies clinically relevant to neonatal and infant stroke brain injury.

About the World Stem Cell Summit

The 2009 World Stem Cell Summit will be held in Baltimore, Maryland from September 21st - 23rd. Presented by the Genetics Policy Institute, the Summit brings together the founding visionary researchers, clinicians, business pathfinders, key policy-makers, regulators, advocates, experts in law and ethics to present compelling presentations, share information, and together chart the future of regenerative medicine.

About the Kennedy Krieger Institute

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 13,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information visit www.kennedykrieger.org.


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