The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital are pleased to announce a co-sponsored seminar series. The current plan for the research series is to hold four seminars a year in the Center of Learning at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. Three of the four seminars have currently been scheduled with keynote speakers including Dr. Stephen Page, University of Cincinnati; Dr. Ross Zafonte, University of Pittsburgh; and Dr. Brian Gold, University of Kentucky. Implementing this seminar series is another way that the PM&R Division of Research, in collaboration with Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, seeks to fulfill its mission in promoting excellence in neurorehabilitative care.
The Center was opened in 2001 and is located in newly renovated contiguous space in the Medical Dental Research Building close to the three major Hospitals of the University of Louisville Health Science Center.† KSCIRC is led by Directors Scott R. Whittemore, Ph.D. (Scientific) and Christopher B. Shields, M.D. (Clinical) who are committed to further developing it into a world-class scientific and clinical Research Center.†
The Center is in a rapid growth phase, made possible by funding and excellent cooperation between the State of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Norton Healthcare, and a recent $8.5 Million grant from NIH.† Our Center is one of twelve spinal cord injury research centers in the United States.† It is in a unique position to conduct research that, through our close association with our clinical colleagues in the Department of Neurological Surgery, we expect will ultimately lead to effective treatments for spinal cord injury.†
This goal is guided by our mission: "to develop successful spinal cord repair strategies in the laboratory that can be taken to the clinic in a timely and responsible fashion".† This goal will be facilitated by our plan to double the size and scientific impact of the Center over the next five years.
The Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine was established in 1999 to promote both individual and collaborative studies on injuries to the spinal cord and brain that result in paralysis or other loss of neurologic function. We also work closely with Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.
Exciting advances in neuroscience research have demonstrated the potential for protection and repair of damaged neurons. In addition, impressive progress has been made in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal cord and brain injury and disease.
The goal of the Center is to build upon these advances, to find treatments that are more effective, and ultimately to achieve functional repair of the injured spinal cord and brain.
The faculty includes researchers and clinicians from a variety of disciplines, working next to each other to promote the cross-fertilization of ideas and multidisciplinary interactions. The studies range from fundamental neuroscience research to clinical applications. For further information or to tour the facilities, please contact us.