The 2nd International Symposium on Autonomic Dysfunctions following Spinal Cord Injury

November 27, 2013

Blusson Spinal Cord Centre Lecture Hall (818 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC)
8:30 am
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Registration for half-day program has been extended to Tuesday, November 17th, 2013!

Call for Abstracts NOW OPEN

Following the success of the 2011 International Autonomic Symposium, the lab of ICORD PI Dr. Andrei Krassioukov will again host the 2013 Symposium. Click here to view Dr. Krassioukov’s welcome letter for the 2013 International Autonomic Symposium.

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is associated with not only paralysis, but also with various autonomic dysfunctions, including disordered cardiovascular control, bowel, bladder, metabolic, endocrine and sexual functions. These devastating conditions limit the daily activities of individuals with SCI and frequently result in life-threatening medical emergencies. In fact, cardiovascular dysfunctions have been found to be the leading cause of death among people with SCI.  Furthermore, the lifetime health care expenditures for individuals with SCI are among the highest of any medical condition. Many of these health care costs are related to the treatment of secondary complications that result from autonomic dysfunctions.

This symposium is intended for physicians, nurses, researchers and other health care professionals who work with individuals with spinal cord injury as well as students and interested members of the community. Attendees can attend one of two workshops: (1) a full-day workshop intended for physicians and researchers; and (2) a half-day workshop intended for nurses, educators and allied health who work with persons with SCI.

Full-Day Workshop:
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This unique symposium features an international panel of speakers with expertise in autonomic dysfunctions to address the latest advances in basic science research and clinical management of these conditions. The panel includes world renowned physiatrists, urologists, exercise physiologists, sexual health clinicians, and basic scientists, as well as individuals with SCI from the community. It will provide a truly multidisciplinary platform for participants to exchange ideas and to learn from one another.

Registration Fee: $100 (includes refreshment breaks, lunch and hors d’oeuvres reception).

Accreditation: This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 6.5 Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This program has been reviewed and approved by UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development.


Accredited by UBC CPD


Half-Day Workshop:
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“Below the Belt”: Addressing Bladder, Bowel and Sexual Health for your patients with SCI – promoting best practices

*NEW* to the International Symposium this year! The 2013 organizing committee is pleased to announce this afternoon workshop aimed primarily at nurses and allied health practitioners. The workshop will focus on practical applications of current knowledge and research in the field of autonomic dysfunction to your care of persons with SCI. This workshop will be held at the Eye-Care Centre (2550 Willow Street, Vancouver), with a break and reception located across the street at Blusson Spinal Cord Centre.

Registration Fee: $60 (includes lunch, refreshment break and wine and hors d’oeuvres reception).

Accreditation: Nurses Continuing Professional Education Credits: 4hours

Registration is open as of June 01, 2013. Please direct inquiries about this event to Ms. Catherine Yang, research coordinator of the ICORD Autonomic Research Laboratory, at, or phone 604-675-8803.

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Funding Organization:

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Gold Sponsors:

UBC Faculty of Medicine: Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Rick Hansen Institute

Murphy Battista LLP

David H. Doig & Associates

Silver Sponsors:


Eli Lilly


Bronze Sponsors:

Manfred Sauer Canada