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UPMC Physiatrist Selected by the National Institutes of Health to Deliver Scientific Keynote Speech

February 6, 2019

Michael L. Boninger, MD, UPMC Endowed Vice Chair for Research and professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has been selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to present the Keynote Presentation at the “SCI 2020: Launching a Decade for Disruption in Spinal Cord Injury Research” conference in February. 

 Michael Boninger, MD

Michael Boninger, MD

During this two-day, comprehensive stakeholder’s meeting hosted by NIH and partners, participants will be challenged to critically evaluate the state of the science, assess areas of scientific, technological and community readiness, and identify the collaborations needed to change the trajectory of research and clinical opportunities for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI). 

The goal of this conference is to initiate discussion across the SCI research community to launch a new decade of research that disrupts traditional barriers and brings about collaborative efforts to address the key research questions in SCI research. Dr. Boninger’s Keynote entitled “SCI 2040” will discuss what the future might look like for an individual sustaining a spinal cord injury. He will also discuss potential barriers to progress, the need for disruption, and lessons about SCI research that were learned as he prepared for this important talk. 

In addition to Dr. Boninger’s work in the UPMC Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, he has joint appointments in the Departments of Bioengineering, Rehabilitation Science and Technology, and the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine. He is a renowned researcher in spinal cord injury and assistive technology.