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Investigator Workshops
Over the past three years, we have trained all of the centers to do standardized neurological examinations and have established a standard baseline dataset that all the centers collect. In addition, we have now trained most of the centers to do preclinical testing of therapies in animals and we are now helping four of our participating academic institutions form "Discovery Centers" to develop new therapies, so that the Network can provide "one-stop shopping" to companies who believe that they have therapies that may be useful for spinal cord injury. In addition, we are forming partnerships with three of the participating centers to establish GMP stem cell banks and processing facilities to provide the cells for transplantation.


Aug 26-30, 2015
Spinal Cord Injury Trial Design Workshop, Hong Kong & Kunming
Feb 14-15, 2015
Umbilical Cord Blood Cell Processing Workshop - 2, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Jan 20-24, 2014
Umbilical Cord Blood Cell Processing Workshop, CA & NJ, USA
March 3, 2013
Spinal Cord Injury Treatment and Assessment, Xi'an
April 19, 2011
Investigator Meeting/Workshop on Cell-based Therapies, Hong Kong
April 27, 2009 Surgery & Rehabilitation Workshop, Kunming
April 24, 2009 Spinal Cord Injury Outcome Assessment Workshop, Beijing
May 9-13, 2008 Spinal Cord Injury Research Method Workshop, Xi'an


 
August 26-30, 2015
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Spinal Cord Injury Trial Design Workshop
Twelve Indian surgeons, therapists and families of SCI patients joined this workshop. Co-organized by ChinaSCINet and IndiaSCINet, this workshop consists of two parts.

In Hong Kong, Prof Wai Sang Poon from CUHK and Prof Gilberto Leung from HKU introduced their experiences of cell transplant trials.

In Kunming, Dr Hui ZHU talked about their experinces especially in walking training. Dr Yan Sheng LIU demonstrated two decompression surgeries.

The Indian doctors discussed their experiences and concerns with the speakers and decided their trial plan.
Feb 14-15, 2015
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Umbilical Cord Blood Cell Processing Workshop - 2
Co-organized by ChinaSCINet and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, this workshop further trained the methods of umbilical cord blood cell processing and testing in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The attendants from mainland universities/hospitals practised the techniques under the guidance of Dr. Kent Tsang in the laboratory.

Jan 20-24, 2014
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Umbilical Cord Blood Cell Processing Workshop
Co-organized by ChinaSCINet, Keck Center Rutgers University and Stemcyte, this workshop introduced methods of umbilical cord blood cell processing for transplantation to the attendants from four universities. This is a part of the training programs to initiate the Phase III trial.

March 3, 2013
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Spinal Cord Injury Treatment and Assessment
At this workshop, seven speakers introduced their study result and clinical experiences in the preclinical and clinica studies, covering molecular studies, animal models, imaging assessment and trial preparation.
April 19, 2011
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Investigator Meeting/Workshop on Cell-based Therapies
In the ChinaSCINet Investigator Meeting, Prof. Waisang Poon from the CUHK and Dr. Gilberto Leung from the HKU introduced the CN102b protocol, explained cell preparation and shared umbilical cord blood mononuclear cell transplant experiences on chronic spinal cord injured patients with the group. Based on the preliminary phase II trial experiences, the multicenter trial on cord blood cell transplant and oral lithium had been delineated and discussed among the investigators. In the Workshop on Cell-based Therapies, researchers and clinicians from US, China and India reported latest preclinical and clinical results of cells therapies in treating spinal cord injuries.
April 27-28, 2009
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Surgery & Rehabilitation Workshop
Surgeons from Hong Kong, Taiwan and US watched three spinal cord decompression surgeries including intradural compression in PLA Kunming General Hospital. They were very impressed, and also discussed the possible adoption of intradural compression.

Rehabilitation experts from US and Taiwan and the surgeons watched the intensive walking training program in this hospital. They seriously discussed the walking program that should be taken after the cell transplant in the coming clinical trials.

April 24, 2009
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Spinal Cord Injury Outcome Assessment Workshop

Ms Malka Itzkovich, from Loewenstein Hospital, Israel, and Ms Mary Schmidt Read, from Magee Rehabilitation Center, USA, introduced SCIM (Spinal Cord Independence Measure) and WISCI (Walking Index for Spinal Cord Injury), respectively. Investigators from ChinaSCINet and SCINetUSA joined this workshop, and discussed the adoption of these two outcome assessment tools in clinical trials.  
May 9-13, 2008
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Spinal Cord Injury Research Method Workshop

ChinaSCINet, HKU-SCIFund, Institute of Neuroscience of the Fourth Military Medical University, W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience offered an intensive five-day training workshop on spinal cord injury research method.

This  workshop includes lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experience in all facets of spinal cord research.  Featured is the MASCIS Impactor, rat model of spinal cord contusion that has been adopted by over 100 of the world's leading spinal cord research laboratories.  The workshop covered anesthesia, surgery, spinal cord contusion, locomotor scoring (BBB), animal care, and other outcome measures.  Moreover, the cell transplantation methods were covered.

Over 20 investigators participated in the workshop.

December 9-11, 2007

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Workshop on Functional and Neurological Assessment of Spinal Cord Injury Patients and Treatment Update

This workshop was held in Fuzhou, China in December 2007. Over 90 investigators and students joined the meeting to learn and discuss themethodology for functional and neurological assessmentof the spinal cord injury patients.The investigators introduced their own study results and treatment experience for spinal cord injuries.

March 2-4, 2007

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Investigator Workshop on Cell Transplantation Methods for Chronic Spinal Cord Injured Patients

An investigator workshop was held in Kunming, China in March 2007. Over 60 investigators joined the meeting to discuss the methodology for transplanting cells in the spinal cord. 6 surgical teams tried the proposed cell transplantation method to the spinal cord of two monkeys and this will provide some pre-clinical safety data to fulfill the regulatory requirements for cell transplantation trial.

November 13-16, 2006

Training Workshop on Spinal Cord Injury Research Methods Part 2

This is the part 2 of the training workshop in Spinal Cord Injury Research Methods held in August 2006. This workshop also held at the W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience in Piscataway, New Jersey (USA). Participants have been carefully selected for their knowledge, skills, and leadership. In addition to the research methods workshop, the program included meetings with the principal investigators to discuss and coordinate developments in the China Clinical Trial Network.

August 2-12, 2006

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Training Workshop on Spinal Cord Injury Research Methods Part 1

A training workshop in Spinal Cord Injury Research Methods was held in August 2006. Twenty-five senior scientists and clinicians from China attended this program at the W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience in Piscataway, New Jersey (USA). Participants have been carefully selected for their knowledge, skills, and leadership. In addition to the research methods workshop, the program included meetings with the principal investigators to discuss and coordinate developments in the China Clinical Trial Network.

July 10-13, 2005

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Training Course on Spinal Cord Injury Animal Model between July 10-13, 2005

The course provided an opportunity for doctors in the China Spinal Cord Injury Network (ChinaSCINet) to learn how to carry out spinal cord injury experiments in the laboratory. Participants learnt on a standardized rat spinal cord injury model and were able to carry out experiments in their hospitals to test and develop new therapies for regenerating and restoring function in spinal cord injury. The course was conducted by speakers from the Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. They are: Professor Wise Young, Mr. Hock Gain Ng, Mrs. Bor Tom Ng, Mr. Pui Tom and Mr. Kai Liu.

March 16, 2005
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Training Course on Good Clinical Practice (GCP) on March 16, 2005

The aim of the course was to introduce Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Training Programme to participants and delegates. Throughout the training programme, they learnt about the essential elements of GCP and how they apply to the conduct of quality clinical trials. The programme was conducted by Professor Johan Karlberg,Director of the Clinical Trials Centre, The University of Hong Kong and staff from the Centre. In addition, around 40 delegates from the Queen Mary Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, participated in the course.

March 14-15, 2005

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Training Course on Neurological Assessment of Spinal Cord Dysfunction between March 14-15, 2005

The aim of the course was to provide training in the examination of the spinal cord by using American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) examination method, a standard neurological examination method for spinal cord injuries, and to introduce the Functional Independence Measure (FIM). In addition, a review of the documentation that would be used to record data when examining patients was also presented and discussed. The course was conducted by Ms. Ruby Ho, MacLehose Medical Rehabilitation Centre; Prof. Johan Karlberg, The University of Hong Kong; Dr. Ralph J. Marino, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Prof. Wise Young, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
 
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