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Keck Center Summer Open House Is Smashing Success!

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    Keck Center Summer Open House Is Smashing Success!

    The Spinal Cord Injury Project





    W. M. Keck Center Filled to the Brim With People,
    Demonstrations, Exhibits, Top-Notch Speakers

    Guests came from near and far to attend our Summer Open House 2012 and none left disappointed as the evening was packed with information on present and projected clinical trials and a spirit of commitment. Featured was Dr. Lisa McKerracher who shared previous success with the drug Cetherin, and announced that she has taken back control of the patent and is committed to bring Cetherin to clinical trials. She is looking for collaborators and funding.

    Dr. Young gave an update on clinical trials in Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan and told of plans to bring trials to the U.S. in early 2013 and also to clinical trial networks in Norway and India. In keeping with these advances, Patrick Rummerfield captivated people with his many adventures with the theme, "Never give up! Never give in!" He autographed copies of his new book "Green Bananas" and pledged $5.00 of every book sold to The Spinal Cord Injury Project.

    Dr. Wise Young and Brooke Ellison
    Honored with Two Major Film Awards

    A surprise marked the Summer Open House when Peter Troost and Herbert Peck of Rutgers University iTV presented Dr. Wise Young with trophies for two recent film appearances. A film marking the honorary degree award to Dr. Brooke Ellison received the 2011 DV Award for "Outstanding Achievement for Digital Video Production". Another production, "Breakfast at the Barracks", an interview with Wise and Brooke was honored with the 2012 Telly Award. Mr. Troost is Assistant Director of Technical Operations at iTV and Mr. Peck is Senior Producer. The award
    presentation was facilitated by Production Coordinator Ms. Deb Andriano. "Breakfast at the Barracks" can be seen here.

    Dr. Yi Ren Promoted to Research Professor I,

    Recognized for Outstanding Research, Teaching, and Service

    The 'Keck Family' recently gathered in the staff lounge to celebrate the promotion of Dr. Yi Ren to Research Professor I. Dr. Kenneth Breslauer, Vice President for Health Partnerships, spoke on the worthiness of Dr. Ren by elaborating on her excellence in research, her distinction in teaching, and her contributions in service to the university and the community. Dr. Martin Grumet, Director of the Stem Cell Center, and Dr. Wise Young, Founding Director of the W. M. Keck Center, shared what Dr. Ren has meant to the Center, especially stressing her generosity in working with students and new faculty. Hock Ng, Director of Animal Care, spoke on her incredible kindness as a person and what she meant to so many people by giving of her time and care outside the Center. Dr. Ren responded with very moving words of gratitude to the Keck Center and its people for their special support of her work and of her personally. Ice cream and cake were enjoyed by all.

    'Difference Makers' Award Winners from Hong Kong

    Hosted by Keck Center and Rutgers University

    In recognition for their contributions to their communities, sixteen youth from Hong Kong were awarded a trip to the W. M. Keck Center and Rutgers University. They received a full tour of the university, attended the Keck Center Summer Open House, and learned about spinal cord injury through a lecture by Dr. Young and visit to the Children's Specialized Hospital where they met young people their own age dealing with this situation. Their trip also included a day in Philadelphia with lessons in U.S. History and a trip to New York City and Ground Zero. Another highlight was a tour of South Brunswick High School where they had the chance to sit in on various classes. During their time here, Keck Center students and volunteers served as hosts and gave them student experiences such as riding the campus buses and eating at campus centers and favorite student restaurants. Congratulations to these 'Difference Makers' and appreciation to everyone at the Keck Center and at Rutgers who enabled their trip to be memorable.

    Weddings, Birthdays, and Special Occasions
    Celebrate These Events with a Gift of Hope

    Save yourself the time of running to the mall, wrapping, and mailing by sending a Gift of Hope for all special occasions! A Gift of Hope honors the recipient and makes a difference in the lives of many people. A special Gift of Hope card will be sent to the honoree in your name. You can give a Gift of Hope through our website here, by mail, or if time is short, please call 732.445.6573.

    Coming Up ...

    Wheels2Water: A unique opportunity for people in wheelchairs to go surfing! An unforgettable experience! Sunday September 23rd in Lido Beach. No Charge. Sponsored by the Testaverde Fund for Spinal Cord Injury. For additional information, call Anthony at 516.729.1061.

    Boyd Melson's Next Fight: Boyd won again! Record now 9-1. Join us Saturday, September 22nd at Resorts World Casino, New York City. To be notified when tickets are available, send name and email to Jim Bennett,

    Push to Walk Golf Tournament: Push to Walk's 5th Annual Golf Tournament and Fundraiser will be Monday, September 24th. As a special attraction, the event will feature The Dennis Walters Golf Show prior to golf. Click here for details.

    Central Jersey Spinal Cord Association Dinner: Friday, November 2nd, Pines Manor in Edison, New Jersey. Celebrate with one of our most loyal supporters!

    Summer Open House 2013: Thursday, July 18th (Third Thursday). Mark your calendar now.

    Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Please contact us at:

    Next Open House, Friday, September 7, 2012
    5:00 - 6:00 Tours 6:00 Program
    W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience
    Reservations not needed. Click for detailed directions.

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    For every special occasion, click donate now

    and designate a
    'Gift of Hope'!

    Donations to The Spinal Cord Injury Project are tax-deductible per IRS regulations and are held in a designated account at the Rutgers University Foundation to be used for spinal cord injury research.

    W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience
    604 Allison Road D-251
    Piscataway, NJ 08854 USA
    Phone: 732.445.6573 Email:

    I really enjoyed attending and meeting some of the folks here on CC and at the Center. It was worth the trip!


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