WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Paralyzed Veterans of America is hosting its 3rd annual Summit + EXPO, bringing together some of the top researchers and health professionals to share best practices and learn about the latest research, treatments and therapies in spinal cord injury/dysfunction (SCI/D) and multiple sclerosis (MS) health care. The 2013 Summit and EXPO began today and will run through Thursday, August 29 at the Renaissance Sea World hotel in Orlando, Florida.
“Paralyzed Veterans’ annual Summit is the ultimate venue for healthcare professionals and researchers in SCI/D and MS health care to come together and share best practices in the field”
“Paralyzed Veterans’ annual Summit is the ultimate venue for healthcare professionals and researchers in SCI/D and MS health care to come together and share best practices in the field,” said Lana McKenzie, associate executive director of Medical Services and Health Policy for Paralyzed Veterans of America. “Our goal at the Summit is to provide attendees with the most updated and vital information that can be put to immediate use to improve the care of the SCI/D patient.”
Summit 2013 and EXPO – “Delivering Excellence, Achieving State-of-the-Art Health Care,” offers attendees three days of focused discussion and opportunities to advance spinal cord medicine and health care. Summit attendees will have the opportunity to earn 20-plus continuing education units while hearing from renowned leaders from medicine, health care, policy and government.
Highlights of this year’s Summit program include:
- Opening Remarks—Tuesday, August 27, 7:45 a.m. – Bill Lawson (US Army veteran), National President, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Homer Townsend (US Marine Corps veteran), National Executive Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America
- Assistive Technology: Research to Clinical Practice—Tuesday, August 27, 8:30 a.m. – Rory Cooper, PhD and Professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh & Rosemarie Cooper, MPT, ATP and Director, Center for Assistive Technology
- Keynote Speaker: A Closer Review of SCI Rehabilitation Outcome—Wednesday, August 28, 8:00 a.m. – Sherman Gillums (US Marine Corps veteran), Associate Executive Director, Veterans Benefits Department, Paralyzed Veterans of America
- Plenary Session: VA/SCI System of Care: Where are we now and where are we going?—Wednesday, August 28, 8:30 a.m. – Dr. Barry Goldstein, VHA National SCI Chief Consultant
- Cell-Based Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis and Spinal Cord Injury—Wednesday, August 28, 10:30 a.m. – Dennis Bourdette, MD; Michael Carrithers, MD, PhD; and Jeffrey Kocsis, PhD
Awards of Excellence will also be presented to the following people who are being recognized for providing exceptional professional achievement, contributions and advocacy for spinal cord injury/disease and multiple sclerosis health care: Psychologist Award – Linda Mona, PhD, VA Long Beach Healthcare System; Nurse Award – Heidi Maloni, PhD, ANP-BC, CNRN, MSCN, National Clinical Nursing Director for the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence-East (MSCoE); Physician Award, Sophia Chun, MD, VA Long Beach Healthcare System; Therapist Award – Mary Jane Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L, Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, School of Health Professions, Department of Occupational Therapy.
For more information on Paralyzed Veterans’ 2013 Summit+EXPO, please visit www.pva.org/Summit2013.
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Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously injured American heroes from the “Greatest Generation” of World War II. They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they faced back in the 1940s — from a medical community not ready to treat them to an inaccessible world. For more than six decades, Paralyzed Veterans’ national office and its 34 chapters across the nation have been making America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities. (www.pva.org)