The Annual Tator-Turnbull Symposium features some of the best and most promising researchers from around the world in the field of spinal cord injury. The 2017 Tator-Turnbull event will be the 16th since its inception.

This year we are pleased to announce Dr. Dalton Dietrich as our keynote speaker. His talk is titled “Translational Studies for Spinal Cord Injury: Current and Future Challenges”.

The 2017 Tator-Turnbull Symposium will take place Friday, November 3rd, 12:00-5:00 pm. The event will be held at the Faculty Club, University of Toronto, 41 Willcocks St, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3.

The Tator-Turnbull symposium is named after Toronto Neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Tator and Barbara Turnbull. Barbara Turnbull was tragically paralyzed at age 18. Despite her terrible injury, she went on to become a journalist for the Toronto Star, using this position to champion causes such as organ donation and funding for scientific research. Ms Turnbull passed away in May of 2015, but her legacy as an advocate for medical progress survives through the Barbara Turnbull Foundation and the annual Tator-Turnbull Symposium.

Previous Speakers include:
2016 – Dr. Claes Hultling
2015 – Dr. Jan Schwab, OSU – Wexner Medical Center
2014 – Dr. Ole Kiehn, Karolinska Institute
2013 – Drs. Derek van der Kooy, Cindi Morshead, and Andras Nagy, University of Toronto
2012 – Dr. Susan Harkema, University of Louisville
2011 – Dr. Armin Curt, University of Zurich
2010 – Dr. V. Reggie Edgerton, Brain Research Institute, UCLA
2009 Dr. James Fawcett, Cambridge University Centre for Brain Repair, United Kingdom
2008 Dr. Jerry Silver, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
2007 Dr. Serge Rossignol, University of Montreal
2006 Dr. Arthur Prochazka, University of Alberta
2005 Dr. John Steeves, International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries (ICORD), Vancouver, BC
2004 Prof. Eva Sykova, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Prague, Czech Republic
2003 Dr. Lars Olson, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
2002 Mr. Rick Hansen, Rick Hansen Institute, Vancouver, BC