Seminar for Neurotrauma and Diseases 
Sponsored by Plexon Neurotechnology System


In 2017, the Center for Paralysis Research, in collaboration with Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience and Purdue Institute for Drug Discovery, began a biweekly seminar entitled, "Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Seminar Series" which featured, on average, seven established speakers each semester. With over 150 attendees, the series catered predominately to the vast neuroscience community at Purdue, creating an environment for researchers to collaborate and share ideas related to the central nervous system and motor, sensory or other deficits caused by injury. 

The Center for Paralysis Research, directed by Dr. Riyi Shi, has fostered in a multidisciplinary community aiming to expand domestic and international relations for further research collaborations and funding.


Starting in the spring of 2021, Purdue neuroscience community will usher in a new and exciting chapter of this event. Through a successful collaboration between academic and corporate entities, CPR has secured a sponsorship from Plexon Inc., one of the leading neuroscience technology companies in the world. The success of the TBI/SCI seminar series prompted Plexon Neurotechnology Systems to sponsor the series, assuming the new title, "Seminar for Neurotrauma and Diseases" at Purdue University. To promote further partnerships between academic institutes and corporate entities, Plexon Inc. has teamed up with CPR to provide financial support to foster in new levels of collaborations among the neuroscience community to create synergy with the center resulting in long-lasting impacts on neurotrauma research.


The seminar series will be virtually held via Zoom. Watch the seminars live here. Some seminars may be recorded for those that cannot attend live. For seminars that are recorded, you will be prompted to input your Purdue career account and password. If there are problems accessing the recording, try a different browser or contact CPR. Check back regularly for updates! The series will take place from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST on the following days:

February 3 
 Topic: A multi-faceted approach to addressing the problem of protein aggregation in neurodegenerative disease
     Speaker: Chris Rochet, PhD, Professor and John and Donna Krenicki Director of Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience, Purdue University

February 17

     Topic: AMPylation - a novel post-translational modification in neurodegeneration
     Speaker: Seema Mattoo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University

March 3

     Topic: Protein stability under mechanical stress
     Speaker: Tonglei Li, PhD, Allen Chao Professor of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, Purdue University

March 10
Topic: Investigating CNS trauma with both human and experimental pig model
     Speaker: Richard B. Rodgers, MD, Neurosurgeon, Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine Neurosurgery Group

March 17

     Topic: Axon regeneration and function recovery after CNS injury
     Speaker: Zhigang He, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

March 31

     Topic: Trauma network design: Approaches for provision of prompt and definitive care
     Speaker: Nan Kong, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University

April 14

     Topic: Functional proteins in extracellular vesicles as potential biomarkers for neurological diseases
     Speaker: Andy Tao, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Purdue University

April 28

     Topic: Gene by toxicant interactions in neurological disease
     Speaker: Aaron Bowman, PhD, Professor and Head, School of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue University



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