The 24th Annual Kentucky Spinal Cord & Head Injury Research Trust Symposium, was held on Thursday, May 10, 2018, in the Lee T. Todd, Jr. Building at the University of Kentucky.

Prominent researchers in the fields of spinal cord and traumatic brain injury from across the nation joined the UK Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) faculty to share information focused on two themes: long-term consequences of neurotrauma and research along the translational spectrum.

Speakers examining the long-term consequences of neurotrauma included Drs. Mark Burns(Georgetown University), Warren Alilain (SCoBIRC), Junfang Wu (University of Maryland) and Jon Godbout (Ohio State University). A host of clinician scientists reported on translational neurotrauma research including Drs. Steve Kirschblum (Rutgers University) and Todd Kilbaugh (University of Pennsylvania) and the keynote speaker, Dr.Patrick Kochanek (University of Pittsburgh). In addition, the symposium featured trainee talks from graduate students and post doctoral scholars from UK, University of Louisville, Indiana University and the University of Cincinnati. Congratulations to Timothy Kopper (UK) and Randall Carpenter (OSU), winners of this year's trainee poster competition.  

"This was a great opportunity to showcase our expertise, share data from other research leaders in the discipline, and expose trainees to current neurotrauma research," said John Gensel, Ph.D., planning committee chair.

The symposium is an annual event sponsored by the Kentucky Spinal Cord & Head Injury Research Trust (KSCHIRT).  KSCHIRT, created in 1994 by the Kentucky Legislature and originally funded by a surcharge on speeding tickets, supports neurotrauma research at the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville.

Established in 1999, SCoBIRC's mission is to promote both individual and collaborative studies on injuries to the spinal cord and brain that result in paralysis or other loss of neurological function.