Connections 2014 Conference Programme

8:45am Registration

Conference Opening and Welcome

Dr. Stephanie Williams, CEO, Spinal Cord Injury Network


Don Ferguson, General Manager, Lifetime Care and Support Authority of NSW


Dr Tony Penna, Office for Health and Medical Research, NSW Ministry of Health

9.35 - 10.45am

Keynote Presentations

Dr Kim Anderson-Erisman, Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Research priorities of people living with spinal cord injury

Dr John Simeral, Providence VA Medical Centre and Brown University
BrainGate2 and the future of brain computer interface technology

10.45am Morning Tea
11.15 - 12.45pm                  

Strategic Workshop: Progress with Spinal Cord Injury Clinical Trials
Proudly supported by the Office for Health and Medical Research
Co-Chairs: Professor Sarah Dunlop and Professor Brian Freeman

Dr Ralph Stanford, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney
Can a sodium channel blocker save the spinal cord?

Dr Kim Anderson-Erisman, Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Cethrin: Looking back and moving forward

Professor John Furness, The University of Melbourne
The potential of colokinetics to assist in bowel management in people with spinal cord injury

Dr David Berlowitz, Institute for Breathing and Sleep, Melbourne
Are we there yet? Progress of the five year, multi-national study, which aims to improve sleep and breathing in acute tetraplegia

12.45pm Panel Discussion
1.45pm Registration for Community Forum

Community Forum

Proudly supported by the Lifetime Care and Support Authority of NSW


Community FAQ's Presentations

Associate Professor Jillian Swaine, Institute for Health Research, The University of Notre Dame, Australia
How do you prevent pressure ulcers and keep your skin happy and healthy?


Associate Professor James Middleton, NSW Spinal Cord Injury Service
Is it possible to control or manage chronic pain in spinal cord injury?


Amy Nevin, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane
What does it mean to eat well after spinal cord injury?


Professor Ashley Craig, The University of Sydney
The art of being resilient: How can I thrive following spinal cord injury?

4.00 - 4.50pm
Ask the Expert Session
4.50pm Wrap Up
5.00pm Mixer
6.00pm Close