Sixth Annual Iris and Ted Wagner Endowed Lectureship
Perspectives on the Challenge of Translation for Acute Human Spinal Cord Injury: Are We There Yet? What is Taking So Long?
Brian K. Kwon, M.D., Ph.D., FRCSC
Over the past 40 years, there has been extensive research on acute human spinal cord injury resulting in many promising theories. The challenges of translating this research into human clinical trials have proven to be nearly insurmountable. This lecture will outline why the major differences between research and clinical models of human acute spinal cord injury has made it difficult to establish effective therapies and why it is important to select the right research for human clinical trials. This lecture will provide insight into what tools are available to facilitate clinical trials of acute spinal cord injury and translational research in general and what novel therapies are being tested now.