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The Spinal Cord Injury Graduate Training Program (T32) Retreat

Germantown Cricket Club
411 Manheim St.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
March 31, 2023
8:00am - 5:00pm

(If you have any flu-like or Covid symptoms please do not attend)

Diagnostic Tools in Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

One day of exposure to the translational perspective
March 31, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Marion Murray Spinal Cord Research Center (MMSCRC) has a long history of supporting a collaborative environment that brings together the multidisciplinary research that is being conducted here at Drexel. Stemming back to Marion’s dedication to spinal cord research when it was considered a dead-end without much promise, the MMSCRC is dedicated towards pushing the boundaries of spinal cord research outside the box. The newly awarded Spinal Cord Injury Graduate Training Program (T32) led by director Dr. Peter Baas and co-director Dr. Michael Lane will build upon this successful history of spinal cord injury research with the goal of training a new generation of scientists to study spinal cord injury with the vigor that Marion did. This retreat plans to provide both students and faculty within the MMSCRC exposure to translational aspects and a clinical perspective. Diagnostic Tools in SCI Treatment will be presented from the perspective of researchers with an emphasis on quantitative literacy, neural plasticity, and clinical correlates. This is a day to openly discuss and learn. Interactions between students, faculty, and speakers will allow for the exchanging of ideas and knowledge to help us advance our future work and perspective. 

The Conference
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About the retreat

What is the human perspective of SCI? 

SCI research often focuses on preclinical aspects. This retreat is aimed to introduce the  transition from a laboratory setting to the clinic and beyond. Through a multidisciplinary approach featuring guest speakers, interactive breakout rooms, and discussions, a deeper understanding and insight into the diagnostic tools for SCI treatment will be obtained. 






Breakout Rooms
Day of Discussion and Learning


Breakfast at the Germantown Cricket Club


Breakout S​essions
(Quantitative Literacy)

(Clinical ASIA Score)

(Pain in SCI)



Opening remarks and an introduction to the speakers


Breakout S​essions

(Quantitative Literacy)

(Clinical ASIA Score)

(Pain in SCI)


Dr. Adam Ferguson - Accelerating Discovery and Translation with NeuroData Science


Buffet Lunch


Midday Remarks



Discussion with the experts - a panel with speakers and breakout leaders


Dr. Keith Tansey - Neural Plasticity in Spinal Cord Injury: Journeys Between the Bench and Bedside



Closing remarks 


Breakout Session

(Quantitative Literacy)

(Clinical ASIA Score)

(Pain in SCI)


Happy Hour


*There will be multiple breaks throughout the day with coffee and beverages

Keynote Speakers

Proud to bring inspirational speakers from across the field

Breakout Speakers


Jed Shumsky, Ph.D.

Quantitative literacy in the field of spinal cord injury research


Megan Detloff, Ph.D.

How spinal cord injury contributes to pain


Dana Johnson, DPT, PT

Disconnect between patient goals and standardized assessment regimens

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We would like to gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies at Drexel University College of Medicine, the National Institute of Health (T32 NS121768-01), and the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy. 


Event is open to post-doctoral fellows, staff, and faculty in the MMSCRC and all students within the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine.

(If you have any flu-like or Covid symptoms please do not attend)

Please RSVP to ensure a t-shirt and meal!
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