Pediatric center to offer novel rehabilitation approach for spinal cord injury

Who: Presentations include:
  • Dr. John McDonald, Director, International Center for Spinal Cord Injury
  • Van Brooks, 17-year-old boy paralyzed in Sept. 2004 during a football accident
  • Joy Dobler, quadriplegic and wife of Conrad Dobler, former NFL All-Pro offensive guard
  • Michael C. Manganiello, Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
  • Dr. Gary Goldstein, President and CEO, Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • The Honorable Martin J. O'Malley, Mayor of Baltimore, MD

When: Tuesday, June 14, 2005
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Where: Kennedy Krieger Institute Lobby
707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205

Kennedy Krieger Institute today opens the doors of its International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, the world's first center focused on rehabilitation and restoration for children with paralysis. The Center's director, Dr. John McDonald, was the lead neurologist whose pioneering techniques helped the late actor Christopher Reeve to regain significant movement and sensation. The same novel therapies that produced remarkable results in Reeve will be applied to children at the new Center.

Dr. McDonald's advanced restoration therapies (RT) have revolutionized the therapy and research surrounding injuries once diagnosed as untreatable. Anecdotal evidence suggests that patients can benefit significantly from these therapies, even years after an injury. The Center will advance these promising therapies while helping children with spinal cord injuries work toward achieving their personal milestones, from feeling the touch of a hand to recovering independent movement.

While adults can benefit from RT, children may be especially responsive to these techniques because their nervous systems are still developing and they are less gravitationally challenged. Yet because most spinal cord injuries occur in adults, the vast majority of programs are designed for adults an

Contact: Colleen O'Malley
202-955-6222 x2581
Kennedy Krieger Institute

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