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Interdependence 2012 Conference and Expo hits the global spotlight in Vancouver

Saturday, December 03, 2011

The Rick Hansen Foundation and the Rick Hansen Institute are co-hosting a global conference and expo in Vancouver 15th – 18th May  2012 to inspire collaboration for spinal cord injury research and development. Global leaders and influencers, including members of the Spinal Cord Injury Network will gather to showcase ground-breaking innovations, share insights and identify solutions to some of the critical challenges being faced in the field of spinal cord injury research.

Whilst incredible progress has been made in spinal cord injury research in the past 25 years, converting experimental discoveries into actual therapies remains a challenge.  Interdependence 2012 brings together a wide range of current topics including the latest cellular therapies, current trends in technological innovations that are helping to restore function, advancements in managing secondary complications and the commercialisation of spinal cord injury innovations. In this unique international platform you will meet influencers from other disciplines to explore new areas of collaboration.

Keynote speakers include:
Dr. David Suzuki, Co-founder, David Suzuki Foundation (Canada)
Ray Kurzweil, Futurist, Philanthropist, Inventor, and Author (USA)
Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, US Department of State (USA)
Fin Biering-Sørensen, Researcher, Master Swimmer, and Author (Denmark)

For more information on Interdependence 2012 visit www.rickhansen.com/en-ca/home/interdependence2012.aspx or download the flyer

Important Dates:
Abstract Submission Deadline: December 12, 2011. Awards will be given to the best oral presentations among submitted SCI-related abstracts in the following categories: clinical acute, clinical rehab, and basic science.
Early Registration Deadline: January 16, 2012
Regular Registration Deadline: May 1, 2012
Interdependence 2012 Global Conference & Exposition: May 15 – 18, 2012    
25th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration: May 22, 2012



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