American Society for Peripheral Nerve (ASPN)
Winter 2019 Issue
Message from the President

Christine Novak, PT, PhD
Christine Novak, PT, PhD
The American Society of Peripheral Nerve has had an outstanding year. As a society, we continue to grow financially and in our membership. The ASPN Council continues to work towards the development of vision and mission statements to guide our future strategic plan. These statements and plans will be presented for your review and input at the 2020 Annual meeting.

The 2020 ASPN annual meeting promises to be an outstanding scientific and educational program for clinicians and researchers. Thank you to Dr. Amy Moore and the Program committee who have work diligently over the past year to ensure that the ASPN program will be an excellent educational experience. The program begins on Friday January 9, 2020 through to Sunday January 12, 2020 with outstanding instructional courses, panels, and scientific sessions. Our invited speakers include Scott Kozin MD, Susan Mackinnon MD, Eric Olson PhD and a perspective from NASA with Paul Cederna MD and Andrew Feustel PhD. The theme of collegiality and collaborative programming continues with the American Association for Hand Surgery and American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery. I look forward to seeing you in January!

To maintain the ASPN at the forefront of nerve surgery, the Society depends on the efforts of the ASPN Committees. Thank you to the ASPN members who have dedicated their time and expertise to the Society. I encourage you to become involved in the ASPN and to support the Society by sharing your expertise through the committees, Synapse, and the Annual meeting. As announced in the previous issue of Synapse, under the guidance of Sarah Boardman and PRRI, the IRS application for tax exempt status was successful. ASPN now has 501c status and can offer the tax deductible benefit for charitable donations. I hope that you will continue to generously support the education and research initiatives which will ultimately benefit the care of patients with nerve pathologies.

I welcome your comments and suggestions and thank you for your continued support of ASPN. I wish you the best of the season and a happy, healthy holiday!


Deng Pan (1st author) with research mentors Susan Mackinnon (left) and Matthew Wood (right) at Deng's PhD thesis defense.
Deng Pan (1st author) with research mentors Susan Mackinnon (left) and Matthew Wood (right) at Deng's PhD thesis defense.

The accumulation of T cells within acellular nerve allografts is length-dependent and critical for nerve regeneration.
Pan D1, Hunter DA1, Schellhardt L1, Jo S1, Santosa KB1, Larson EL1, Fuchs AG2, Snyder-Warwick AK1, Mackinnon SE1, Wood MD3.
1Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA., 2Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA., 3Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA.
Exp Neurol. 2019 Aug;318:216-231. doi: 10.1016/j.expneurol.2019.05.009. Epub 2019 May 11.

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Deng Pan (1st author) with research mentors Susan Mackinnon (left) and Matthew Wood (right) at Deng's PhD thesis defense.
Deng Pan (1st author) with research mentors Susan Mackinnon (left) and Matthew Wood (right) at Deng's PhD thesis defense.


Charles Daly, MD
Charles Daly, MD
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia
Christopher Dy, MD, MPH, FACS
Christopher Dy, MD, MPH, FACS
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri
Philip Hanwright, MD
Philip Hanwright, MD
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland
 
Bart Kachniarz, MD, MBA
Bart Kachniarz, MD, MBA
Johns Hopkins Hospital/
University of Maryland Medical Center
Baltimore, Maryland
Amber R. Leis, MD
Amber R. Leis, MD
University of California, Irvine
Orange, California
Reiner See, MD
Reiner See, MD
Neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital
Neurologist at Spaulding Rehabiltation Hospital
Instructor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School
 
Jose E. Telich, MD
Jose E. Telich, MD
Hospital General "Dr. Manuel Gea Gonzalez"
Mexico City, Mexico


Did you know?

Glia, glia everywhere!

Glia cells are the supporting cells of the nervous system and actually outnumber neurons in both the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS). In the brain, glial cells alone account for over half of the weight in the CNS and include astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, NG-2 glia, and microglia. Glia functions in the CNS include production of cerebral spinal fluid, phagocytosis of foreign substances, formation of myelin, formation of the permeability barrier between blood and neuron, and immune functions. In the PNS, glial cells include Schwann cells (both myelinating and non-myelinating), olfactory ensheathing cells, enteric glia, and satellite glial cells.


Don't forget...!

What: THE meeting of the year... the 2020 ASPN Annual Meeting

When: January 10-12, 2020

Who: YOU... and a bunch of your favorite colleagues and friends!

Rendezvous point: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

See all meeting details on the ASPN website!


Blast from the Past!

Do you recognize these young members?

Circa 2002
Circa 2002

Circa 2007
Circa 2007

Thanks to Raj Midha for submitting these photos.

Please submit your throwback bests to admin@peripheralnerve.org be seen in a future issue!


Upcoming meetings around the globe

Facial Paralysis Reconstruction
April 13-16, 2020
Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
Linkou Medical Center
Taoyuan City, Taiwan


Penny for your thoughts?

Thank you to everyone who responded to the "Penny for your thoughts" in Issue 2. Results are depicted in the graph:

What percentage of your time is spent on nerve research (basic or clinical)?
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Now for the next figurative penny...
Does your institution currently offer a dedicated, separate nerve fellowship?

Yes
No
I don't know

Do you think dedicated nerve fellowships should be more numerous?
Yes
No
Undecided

Results will be shared in the next issue of Synapse!


Show me the money... research money!

Do you have great ideas? Do you love science? Well, then get your projects funded!!! Translate your ideas to projects! Create data to help us all! The ASPN Grants Committee has compiled valuable information to help fund your nerve-related science... follow the link to learn more! #scienceiscool

See the ASPN list of peripheral nerve funding sources!


I know you!

Here they are... your fearless 2019 ASPN Executive Council