It is quite exciting to announce the 2017 UCSD-PVA Neural Injury and Regeneration Symposium at the nearby UCSD Faculty Club, Atkinson Pavilion on April 11, Tuesday. Our national PVA office helped fund this symposium—we look for this to be a start of an annual event.
Most important, we’d like to know if you are interested in attending this event, or being part of a round table discussion with researchers, clinicians, caretakers. This would be on 11 April, in the afternoon. We would suggest that our members and guests come early in the morning so that they can find parking next to the venue. The venue has limited capacity, so we need to confirm attendance ahead of time. This is a whole day event.
Morning scientific presentations and clinical discussions focused on cutting edge research on neural regeneration by local faculty–Yishi Jin, Mark Tuszynski, Binhai Zheng, Yimin Zhou and others. In the late morning, we will have our Keynote address by Gregoire Courtine on electrical stimulation, based out of the Center for Neuroprosthetics and Brain Mind Institute
SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY.
The title of this presentation is: Neuroprosthetic technologies to restore motor functions after spinal cord injury. Dr. Courtine will show “a lot of very exciting data in humans with spinal cord injury.”
We will have a Lunch break mid-day and start the afternoon with a ‘Data blitz’by trainees (students and postdocs will give very brief introduction on what they do in the lab and how that are connected to the spinal cord injury community). Mid-afternoon we will have our round table discussions involving people with spinal cord injury, caretakers, clinicians, and scientists. Already, in just brief discussions with a handful of members, many ideas were presented to the scientists that were helpful and developed further discourse and research. At the end of the day of science and discussion, we will have a reception.
Please help us by designing the round table formats with SCI community. Please let us know your ideas for discussion with our scientist friends. The venue has limited capacity, so we need to confirm attendance ahead of time.
The Reflections Art Program and Exhibition allows individuals with disabilities an opportunity to reach beyond their limitations, utilizing the arts to expand and enhance their lives.
Our Reflections XVII Exhibition provides a showcase and a marketplace for talented artists with disabilities, while educating our community about the remarkable capabilities of our artists and their abilities.
Reflections XVII is the perfect avenue to inspire people with disabilities to explore their own creativity and to break down perceived barriers for our communities. Reflections XVII will be held this year from May 12 – 19, 2017 at the San Diego Watercolor Society 2825 Dewey Road, #105, San Diego, CA 92106.
The artists reception will be on Saturday May 13, 2017 at the San Diego Watercolor Society from 4pm to 6pm. Applications, biography and high quality photos of artwork are due to PVA, Cal-Diego Chapter by close of business on March 24, 2017.
A complete Application Packet and Show Guideline can be found above. There is still time to become an exhibiting artist, and we urge you to be part of this inspirational program.
Co-Presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG) is a rehabilitation and wheelchair sports program empowering Veterans with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, amputations and other neurological injuries to live more active and healthy lives through wheelchair sports and recreation.
Each summer, Veterans from across the United States, including a team from Great Britain, travel to a new community hosting the NVWG. During the week, Veterans compete in 19 wheelchair sports events while providing encouragement and mentoring for new Veterans. Veterans at the Games truly educate newly disabled Veterans on what is possible and those witnessing the events realize that limitations are only state of mind.
Who Can Participate?
Any Veteran with a Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Amputation or other neurological injury that uses wheelchair for sport, and, must be eligible for care in the VA.
Paralyzed Veterans of America/Department of Veterans Affairs Partnership
Since 1985, Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs have joined forces to work collaboratively to organize and execute the NVWG. This partnership enables the strengths of both organizations to come together to make the NVWG one of the largest annual wheelchair sports programs and truly a world class event!
Taking the partnership to the next level… This is not just a one week experience… VA Rehabilitation Programs and Paralyzed Veterans of America chapters across the country work to empower Veterans to be more active and healthy in their daily lives by getting them involved in sports and recreation programs highlighting fitness, social networking, and community involvement. Sports and recreation reinforce critical values necessary for health while combating the risk of isolation, depression, and other factors associated with health. That is what the Games are about!