Spinal Cord Injury BC

Ask an Expert: Neuroplasticity after Cervical SCI

27jan12:00 pm1:00 pmAsk an Expert: Neuroplasticity after Cervical SCI12:00 pm - 1:00 pm LocationOnline

Event Details

In this Ask an Expert session, meet Michael Lane and Lana Zholudeva to find out what plasticity is, how it’s studied, and how treatments are developed to enhance plasticity and recovery. They’ll also be covering stem cell based approaches for spinal cord repair, and will save time for your questions and discussions.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsduCsrD8iHNWSTFO6LChnIG8C2AGQm9ra

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Michael Lane began research in spinal cord injury during his undergraduate research at the University of Tasmania. After graduating with Bachelor of Science (Hons), Michael completed his PhD with Norman Saunders at the University of Melbourne. In 2005, he began postdoctoral training at the Universities of Melbourne and then Florida, before accepting a non-tenure track position at the University of Florida in 2009. Michael accepted a position with the Spinal Cord Research Center at Drexel University in 2013, to continue his research into spinal cord injury, neuroplasticity and strategies to optimize repair and lasting functional recovery. Now a tenured Associate Professor, funded by the NIH and research foundations, Michael is actively pursuing cell therapies and rehabilitative strategies to promote recovery of breathing after cervical spinal cord injury. http://www.spinalrepair.org/cover-page/

Lyandysha (Lana) Zholudeva completed her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a Minor in Biophysics at Creighton University, where she worked on developing non-invasive imaging techniques for quantifying cellular  metabolism. Lana then completed her graduate studies in Dr. Michael Lane’s laboratory in the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine, focusing her work on transplantation of neural cells to repair the injured cervical spinal cord and improve respiratory function.   Through this work she developed a passion for harnessing the vast therapeutic potential of stem cells by employing advanced cellular engineering   techniques to tailor cells for transplantation. She then transitioned into a postdoctoral position at the Gladstone Institutes, working with Dr. Todd McDevitt, in efforts to build on her experience in spinal cord injury in amore translationally relevant way. Her current scientific efforts are focused on engineering human spinal interneurons from pluripotent stem cells and testing their therapeutic efficacy for promoting repair and recovery   after injury and neurogenerative disease.

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January 27, 2022 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm