Marilyn Smith: 2013 PVA Education Foundation Grant Recipient

Marilyn Smith, Hood River, OR2013 Working 2 Walk Science & Advocacy Symposium

Marilyn Smith
Unite 2 Fight Paralysis
Hood River, OR
$15,000 (one year)

Working 2 Walk (W2W) is a Science and Advocacy Symposium hosted by Unite 2 Fight Paralysis (U2FP).

It was conceived in response to a need voiced by individuals and organizations in the spinal cord injury/disease (SCI/D) community: We must bridge the informational gap between research scientists who are working to restore function, and those who live with paralysis on a daily basis.  The SCI/D community must become more visible, vocal and informed in order to advocate effectively for therapies that will restore function and improve lives.

The 2013 Symposium will take place in Boston, Massachusetts, and we expect an excellent turnout from the large and well-informed local spinal cord injury community.  Presentations will focus on the latest advances in regenerative medicine, including gene therapy, stem cells, progress in clinical trials, and nerve bridging.  We will also learn about real-time therapies currently being used to restore function after paralysis.

The Working 2 Walk Symposium provides a unique opportunity for research scientists, investors, practitioners, and consumers to share their hopes, concerns, and strategies in a relatively intimate environment.  Participants leave the conference armed with knowledge, strategies, and motivation to pursue solutions to the neurological puzzle of spinal cord injury and disease.

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