Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Prominent Neuroscientist to Speak on the Potential Therapeutic Utility of Stem Cells, October 19

Chestertown, MD, October 18, 2005 — Washington College's Department of Psychology, Pre-Med Committee, Beta Beta Beta, Sigma Xi, and From One Family to Another (FOFTA), with major support from the Daniel Z. Gibson/John A. Wagner and Special Events and Visitors Funds, present "Embryonic Stem Cells," a lecture by Dr. John Wood McDonald, III, October 19 at 7 p.m. in the College's Litrenta Lecture Hall of the Toll Science Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Director of the Kennedy Krieger International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, McDonald is a leading scientist in the field of spinal cord injury (SCI) and therapeutic interventions for individuals with resulting paralysis. While overseeing the development of a wide range of multidisciplinary approaches to the treatment of SCI, his research focuses on the advancement of interventions to reduce spinal cord injury, promote remyelination, enhance regeneration, and encourage recovery of function.

At the University of Washington in St. Louis, McDonald spearheaded the development of the "activity-based restoration" (ABR) therapies designed to help patients with long-term spinal cord injuries recover sensation, movement, and independence. ABR therapy has been publicly credited for producing the substantial recovery by actor/activist Christopher Reeve prior to his death.

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