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    Dr. Melitta Schachner to be Honored in Heidelberg

    For the first time in fifty years, the University of Heidelberg in Germany will present an Honorary Degree. The recipient of this esteemed award is our own Dr. Melitta Schachner. Dr. Schachner is a Distinguished Professor, member of the faculty of the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and was selected by the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research as New Jersey Professor in Spinal Cord Injury Research. She is a prodigious writer and one of the most highly cited researchers in the field. The ceremony will be held November 30th in Heidelberg.

    First Friday Night Open House November 6th

    Last month people braved a dreadful storm to attend the First Friday Open House. We are hoping for nicer weather on Friday, November 6th! Tours of the lab are on-going between 5-6:00pm. At 6:00 Dr. Wise Young will present the latest in spinal cord research and clinical trials, followed by time for group questions and personal conversations with Dr. Young.

    Our Center is located on the 2nd Floor of the Nelson Biological Laboratories building on Rutgers' Busch Campus. Free parking available in Lot 56 in front of building. Click here for detailed directions.

    RU-WINS Presents "Wired for Touch"

    "Wired for touch: the neurons and circuits of the sense that connects us to others" is the intriguing topic of Dr. Victoria Abraira's RU-WINS Lecture. As a member of the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Abraira studies all sensory systems including skin, our largest sensory organ.

    Dr. Abraira will speak on Friday, November 6th at 12:00 noon in D-406, Nelson Biological Laboratories Building. The public is invited. Following the lecture, Dr. Abraira will meet with students over pizza to discuss science, career paths, and other topics of interest.

    What A 'Site'! Now Includes Your Personal Projects

    A new website for the W. M. Keck Center and SCIProject@Rutgers is under construction!

    Input Requested. Once the site is up, we would like your comments and ideas! Write to us at:

    Personal Projects. A new feature will be the opportunity to design your own personal project to raise funds for research and clinical trials. Run/bike/swim a race, sponsor an event, join an existing event, have a party, invite friends to celebrate your birthday, graduation, anniversary ... the possibilities are endless! You will have your own page to share. Designs, samples, templates, and assistance are available. A new way to share the success of the research and clinical trials and to invite others to help us get to the finish line!

    Champions for Charity at Americana Manhasset and Wheatley Plaza

    Have fun shopping and support research at The Spinal Cord Injury Project at the same time! Join friends at the special reception for The Spinal Cord Injury Project, Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6-9:00pm at Ralph Lauren, Americana Manhasset.

    You can shop and raise funds anytime between Thursday, December 3 - Sunday, December 6, 2015 at both Americana Manhasset and Wheatley Plaza. (Contact Terry Pinkow if you have any questions,

    Details: The Spinal Cord Injury Project will participate in Americana Manhasset's Champions for Charity. From Thursday, December 3 through Sunday, December 6, over 70 participating Americana Manhasset and Wheatley Plaza stores will donate 25% of designated pre-tax purchases to the participating organization of the customer's choice. Purchases are not automatically eligible; you must register for a complimentary CHAMPION CARD, designate The Spinal Cord Injury Project as your charity of choice, and present your CHAMPION CARD when making purchases during the event.

    To register for your complimentary CHAMPION CARD or for more information about Champions for Charity, visit, call 516.627.2277, or visit Americana Manhasset's Concierge Store.

    Get a Jump on Holiday Shopping ... Give a Gift of Hope!

    Packages, wrapping paper, and ribbon all over your living room floor? Innumerable trips to the post office, only to find it closed? Save time and trouble! Send a Gift of Hope to everyone on your list. They will get a special Gift of Hope card informing them of your thoughtfulness and generosity. To send a Gift of Hope: Donate online here; send a check or credit card information plus the recipient's name and address to SCIProject@Rutgers, 604 Allison Road, D-251, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854; or call 848.445.6573.

    Very Appropriate for Your Holiday Purchases - Shop AmazonSmile

    Do all of your regular Amazon shopping through AmazonSmile and 0.5% of the total will go to The Spinal Cord Injury Project. Use link, sign in with your existing Amazon account, pick your charitable organization, type Jim Bennett Foundation, click Select. After the first time, go to, you will be signed in automatically. Purchases made through AmazonSmile result in 0.5% of the total going to The Spinal Cord Injury Project.

    Still time to Attend The CJSCA Dinner

    Now celebrating their 29th year, The Central Jersey Spinal Cord Association is holding their Annual Dinner on Friday, October 30th at the Pines Manor in Edison, New Jersey. Cocktails, the silent auction, 50-50, and the basket raffles begin at 6:30pm, with dinner and program at 8:00pm. Tickets are $700 for a table of ten or $70 per ticket. For tickets contact: Donations can be made at

    Thanksgiving Dinner? Share Your Gratitude with Others

    Invite everyone to give thanks by texting WALK to 20222 to donate $10.00 to support spinal cord injury research and clinical trials.

    A one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. All donations must be authorized by the account holder. User must be age 18 or older or have parental permission to participate.

    By texting YES, the user agrees to the terms and conditions. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the SPINAL CORD INJURY PROJECT by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at Message & Data Rates May Apply. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to code 20222; text HELP to 20222 for help.

    (Click Below For Secure Donations)

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    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, New Jersey 08854 USA
    Phone: 848.445.6573 Email: