Z 5/15/20: 3rd Annual Spinal Symposium=POSTPONED!

$ 300.00


Join national and international experts in the fields of Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as we explore the current and future direction of treatment of traumatic injuries of the spinal column and cord. We will cover topics including neuroprotective and cell transplantation strategies, neuroplasticity, and the use of intermittent hypoxia with incomplete spinal cord injury patients. This symposium is designed for a multidisciplinary audience and will include challenging case reviews, point and counterpoint discussions, and panels. This comprehensive review will span from the bedside to the operating room, from the laboratory to the rehabilitation hospital, so that we can all provide cutting edge care in 2020 and beyond.

For full course details and the complete faculty list, please review the course brochure: Click Here

Faculty Disclosures can be found Here

This course is jointly offered by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. 


May 15, 2020


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, 355 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611


This symposium is ideal for Neurosurgeons, Trauma Surgeons, Orthopedic surgeons, Physiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Registered
Nurses, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify past and current strategies utilized to aid in recovery after traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • Discuss neuroplasticity after human spinal cord injury
  • Describe neuroprotective strategies for spinal cord injury, including the benefits of modest hypothermia
  • Identify cell transplantation strategies including stem cells/Schwann cells for SCI
  • Describe the challenges of peripheral nerve repair with long segment defects and the role of autologous Schwann cell
  • Describe treatment strategies and outcomes for the treatment of type II odontoid fractures in various patient populations
  • Identify applications of basic and clinical research to surgical treatment of spinal cord injured patients
  • Discuss the key roles for serotonin and BDNF following exposure to intermittent hypoxia in patients with incomplete spinal
    cord injury


Occupational Therapy

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The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This one-day intermediate level program awards occupational therapists .65 CEUs or 6.5 contact hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.  AOTA CLASSIFICATION CODE: CATEGORY 2: Occupational Therapy Process – Intervention & Outcomes.

Physical Therapy
This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 6.50 Contact Hours.

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This one-day course has been approved for 6.50 Contact Hours.


Accreditation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical  Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hotel and Parking Information:

Rooms have been reserved at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, 633 North St. Clair, Chicago, Illinois, 60611.

The Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile is located 1½ blocks from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Please contact their reservation agent from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm at (888) 591-1234 and ask for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Beyond 2020: Envisioning Future Treatment course (Group Code G-EFTC) or make your reservation online using this link: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/CHIMM/G-EFTC. The corporate rate is $229.00 for a Deluxe Guestroom (single or double occupancy) plus *17.4% tax. The daily rate for parking at the Hyatt Chicago is *$69.00/day with in and out privileges. The cut-off date for room reservations is April 16, 2020. Please note that the room block could reach its maximum before the cut-off date. Rooms and rates revert to a space-available basis after the room block has reached its maximum or after the cut-off date (whichever comes first.) *The rates for parking and taxes are subject to change without advanced notice.

Directions and Parking Details for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab can be found: here


Nurses Occupational Therapists Physical Therapists Physicians


Spinal Cord Injury