Hosted by the Rick Hansen Institute, Praxis 2016 is an international conference focused on identifying and overcoming barriers to translating research into improved outcomes for individuals with spinal cord injury.

Join us from April 25-27, 2016 in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Come prepared for three days of engaging discussions and insightful learnings from peers and colleagues across the entire SCI research and health care continuum. Leave the conference with tangible action items that will help move SCI research and clinical practice forward for the benefit of people living with spinal cord injury.

Quick links

The program is now available! Check it out here.
Click here to view the Praxis program guide.
To view the accepted poster abstracts, click here.

Featured Speaker

Brian K. Kwon, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Dr. Kwon is a surgeon-scientist with advanced training in spine surgery and also a PhD in neuroscience. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics, University of British Columbia. As an attending orthopaedic spine surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital, his practice is focused on the management of adult spine trauma, spinal cord injuries, and non-traumatic conditions such as spine infection, deformity, and degeneration. As a neuroscientist and Principal Investigator at ICORD, Dr. Kwon runs an active basic/translational research laboratory.

Dr. Kwon's primary research interest is in spinal cord injury. During his residency, he met many young patients on the spinal cord unit whose lives had been devastated by SCI; this motivated him to pursue a career in spine surgery and a PhD in neuroscience. Now, as a surgeon-scientist, his research interests in SCI span the translational continuum from basic bench research all the way to clinical trials. His research program is best characterized by bedside back to bench and bench to bedside bi-directional translation. Dr. Kwon is chair of RHI's Cure Advisory Committee and a member of the Care Advisory Committee.

See our speaker line up.