A spinal cord injury is also a brain injury.

Spinal cord injury produces abrupt irreversible deafferentation of supraspinal circuits. This deafferentation leads to major long-term reorganization, reflecting remarkable plasticity in the adult brain: cortical and subcortical representations of intact body areas expand, topographically invading the representations of body areas affected by the deafferentation. Brain reorganization promotes functional sensorimotor recovery, but excessive or maladaptive reorganization can have pathological consequences, such as phantom sensations and neuropathic pain. However, the pathophysiological mechanisms and the clinical consequences of brain reorganization after spinal cord injury are not completely understood.

The “1st International Workshop on Brain Reorganization after Spinal Cord Injury” will provide an international forum to fully examine this emerging field in neuroscience. The workshop will be held on May 10th – 12th, 2011, in Toledo (Spain), organized jointly by the Hospital Nacional de Parapléjicos (Toledo, Spain) and Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA, USA).
The Hospital Nacional de Parapléjicos, located in the historic city of Toledo (30 min by train from the Spanish capital Madrid), is one of the largest hospitals in Europe exclusively devoted to patients with spinal cord injury.  In addition to the clinical facilities, the hospital has a growing scientific research community dedicated to the study of spinal cord injury, including groups specifically devoted to brain reorganization after spinal cord injury. 

At the workshop, an international selection of renowned scientists will present and discuss their work. The lectures are targeted at Ph.D-students, postdoctoral fellows and senior researchers, both in basic and clinical science, with an interest in brain reorganization after spinal cord injury and related fields.
In addition to the invited lectures, we expect all participants to be active contributors with poster presentation. Submission of an abstract is required for the registration.

We hope that participating in this workshop will be both enjoyable and valuable to you.

The organizers

 Guglielmo Foffani, Antonio Oliviero, Juan Aguilar and Karen Moxon

Recent Announcements

  • Updated program The scientific program was updated. Please check the corresponding page for details.
    Posted Apr 26, 2011, 3:13 PM by Guglielmo Foffani
  • Deadline extended Abstract submission and registration deadlines have been extended!!The new deadline for abstract submission is April 1st 2011.The new deadline for registration is April 15th 2011.(see Registration and ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2011, 2:37 PM by Guglielmo Foffani
  • Preliminary Schedule The Preliminary Schedule of the Workshop is now available in the Program section.
    Posted Jan 19, 2011, 5:35 PM by Guglielmo Foffani
  • Open registration Registration and abstract submission are now open. See Registration for instructions.
    Posted Jan 16, 2011, 12:14 PM by Guglielmo Foffani
  • Website launched As of today, the website of the "1st International Workshop on Brain Reorganization after Spinal Cord Injury is officially online. Stay tuned.
    Posted Dec 12, 2010, 1:57 PM by Guglielmo Foffani
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