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Mission Connect 2015 Annual Scientific Symposium Results

Mission Connect Symposium Names 2015 Research Winners

HOUSTON— (December 8) – TIRR Foundation’s Mission Connect recognized outstanding research for spinal cord and traumatic brain injury during the annual Mission Connect 2015 Scientific Symposium held at the Cooley Life Center in Houston on December 4.

 

“This is an important event for students and post doctoral fellows conducting this type of research,” said Mission Connect Director, Pramod Dash, Ph.D. “Through this judged competition, students are given valuable feedback regarding the direction and value of their research when it comes to the future treatment and understanding of traumatic brain and spinal cord injury.

 

Tara (1)A total of 48 presentations on varying research regarding traumatic brain injury and spinal cord research were evaluated. The overall winner in traumatic brain injury research was Tara Fischer of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston whose thesis focused on mitochondrial dynamics in traumatic brain injury. The overall winner in spinal cord injury research was Georgene Hergenroeder, also of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Her research focused on the clinical and translational studies related to brain and spinal cord trauma with an emphasis on protein biomarker discovery.

 

“In the eight years that the Symposium has been held, I have never seen such quality of work from students, which is a great precursor for the future of research into these debilitating conditions,” said Dr. Dash.GIGI

 

Dr. Linda Noble-Haeusslein , the Alvera L. Kan Endowed Chair of Neurological Surgery at the University of California at San Francisco, served as the keynote speaker.  She is co-director and principal investigator for the Brain and Spinal Injury Center (BASIC) as well as co-director of the Neurobehavioral Core for Rehabilitation Research.

 

Other winners included:

SCI Postdoc Award, 1st Place – Atilla Kilicarslan, University of Houston and Houston Methodist

 

SCI Postdoc Award, 2nd Place – Thomas Wilems, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

 

SCI Graduate Student Award, 1st Place – Sung Yul Shin, The University of Texas at Austin

 

SCI Graduate Student Award, 2nd Place – Joel Turtle, Texas A&M University

 

TBI Graduate Student Award, 1st Place – Jonathan Huynh, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

 

TBI Graduate Student Award, 2nd Place – Ilirjana Hyseni, Baylor College of Medicine

 

Other Category Award, 1st Place – Yumei Huang, Baylor College of Medicine

 

Other Category Award, 2nd Place – Hyun Lim, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

 

About TIRR Foundation

The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization that seeks to improve the lives of people who have sustained central nervous system damage through injury or disease. TIRR Foundation created, directs and funds Mission Connect, a collaborative neurotrauma research project. Mission Connect is focused on supporting the discovery of preventions, treatments and cures for central nervous system damage caused by brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and neurodegenerative diseases. For more information, go to www.tirrfoundation.org.