Welcome to Philadelphia!

I invite you to Philadelphia in April for the 2016 Annual Meeting. Philadelphia is a fantastic city and home to superb spinal cord injury medical, rehabilitation and research institutions. Among them is our local host, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, home to the Delaware Valley Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems.

The 2016 Program Committee has done fantastic work creating a scientific program that promises to be stimulating, informative and relevant. Original research in basic and translational science, rehabilitation, acute and chronic care, and on cardiovascular issues and, community reintegration will be presented. A broad choice of instructional courses will also be available, including topics on upper extremity management, translational research (bench-to-bedside), exoskeleton-assisted walking, clinical trials update and advocacy. The education committee will conduct training on the examinations and classification of the International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury and our affiliate, SCOPE will present a course on challenges and approaches to upper and lower extremity spinal cord injury outcomes.

In addition, there are two pre-courses and a spine symposium. With a generous donation from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, a pre-course on Translational Research will be chaired by Dr. Laura Krisa.  We are also extremely fortunate to have the United States Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems (SCIMS), under the leadership of Dr. Michael Boninger, offer a pre-course on outcomes of work conducted over the last funding cycle. The Spine Symposium is focused on topics relevant to emergency room personnel and first responders and is sure to be exceptional.

In addition to the scientific program, there will be ample opportunity for networking and discussion. We will host a Welcome Reception on the evening of the pre-courses with wine and cheese, scientific posters and opportunity for networking. The Presidential Reception will be on Friday at the Reading Street Terminal Market, a Philadelphia icon consisting of open markets, some of the best food that you will ever taste, and great beverages; the venue will be closed to the public, allowing us to experience the market and enjoy the piano bar.

The science and social programs are ready for members and non-members to embrace them. Register soon for the meeting and make your hotel reservations. Encourage others to join us!  There is a discounted block of rooms reserved for attendees at the Lowes Hotel. CLICK HERE to register online. CLICK HERE to make your hotel reservations online.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I extend an invitation to you and look forward to seeing you at the 2016 ASIA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

My Very Best,

MJ Mulcahey
ASIA President

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