Leading spinal cord researchers from across Canada converged on Halifax for the Canadian Spinal Cord Conference from April 21 to 23, 2013.

The Brain Repair Centre was a lead sponsor of this conference, the first of its kind to be held in Halifax.

“Canada is on the forefront of spinal cord research in the world and this conference gave us the opportunity to showcase the high level of spinal cord research taking place here in Halifax to our colleagues across the country,” says BRC director Dr. Vic Rafuse.

Nearly 80 scientists, clinicians and trainees took part in the national conference, which focused on the latest developments in understanding spinal cord development and function, limiting and repairing damage, and restoring lost function. Download the program for more information.

“Spinal cord research is advancing rapidly in Canada,” notes Dr. Rafuse. “We’re seeing major breakthroughs in our fundamental understanding of how this complex system works, as well as in new strategies for repair that simply would have seemed impossible a few years ago.”

The high participation rate of trainees – nearly 40 graduate students and postdocs from around the country were able to attend – made the conference a particular success, according to Dr. Rafuse. “It’s so important for the up-and-coming young researchers to meet and talk to the leading researchers in the field,” he says. “Connecting the next generation of researchers with opportunities to develop their skills in top labs is key to advancing the field.”

The Brain Repair Centre is one of a number of sponsors whose generous contributions made it possible for so many trainees to attend, by keeping the registration fees low.



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