Spinal cord injuries are often dramatic, life-changing events that can lead to partial or full paralysis.
According to the National Institutes of Health, there are around 12,000 spinal cord injuries in the U.S. each year, with more than a quarter of a million Americans living with these injuries. Spinal cord injuries are overwhelmingly due to car accidents, although falls, sports injuries and acts of violence are also major contributors.
The cost of managing care for spinal cord injury patients is $3 billion annually, but the physical and emotional cost to these individuals is even greater. Loss of bodily function control, reduced or lost motor function, spasticity and pain are just a few of the myriad problems that people with spinal cord injuries must face.
In the College of Health Sciences’ next Marquette Presents breakfast forum, Spinal Cord Injury – Improved Outcomes through Research, you’ll hear from a number of experts in neuroscience, physical therapy and rehabilitative medicine who are working on ways to reduce – and in some cases, reverse – the effects of paralysis and other issues that come with spinal cord injury. You’ll also hear from a Marquette alumnus whose own spinal cord injury prompted him to start a national foundation in search of new treatments and technologies.
The panel, which will be moderated by William Cullinan, Dean of the College of Health Sciences, will include:
This free forum is Tuesday, April 29, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union Monaghan Ballroom, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave. It includes a complimentary continental breakfast and free parking in the 16th Street parking structure, located between Wisconsin Ave. and Wells Street. To RSVP, please visit muconnect.marquette.edu.