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Neuroscientist Will Speak at Davidson About Spinal Cord Regeneration

September 28, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

Mary Bartlett Bunge
Mary Bartlett Bunge

Dr. Mary Bartlett Bunge will discuss her work in spinal cord plasticity and regeneration--the key to helping the paralyzed walk again--in a lecture at Davidson College on Monday, October 8, entitled, "From the Laboratory to Superman: Repairing the Broken Spinal Cord."

Appearing as the college's 2001 Smith Lecturer, Bunge will begin her remarks at 7:30 p.m. in the C. Shaw Smith 900 Room of the Alvarez College Union. Admission is free.

Bunge and her late husband, Dr. Richard Bunge, collaborated throughout their lives together on pioneering work in Schwann cell research, and she is internationally recognized for her involvement with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Her research focuses on the development and repair of nervous tissue, especially of the spinal cord after injury, with the goal of improving functional outcome by combining cellular bridges to assist in spinal cord regeneration.

Bunge received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, and went on to postdoctoral positions at Harvard University and Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has held faculty positions at Washington University and King's College in London. She is currently Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Neurological Surgery, and Neurology, at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

Dr. Bunge has received the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award and the Wakeman Award for contributions to her field. Since 1957, she has written or collaborated on twenty-eight books and monographs. Noted as an advocate for women in neuroscience, she helped organize the Society for Neuroscience's Committee on the Development of Women's Careers in Neuroscience, and received the first Mika Salpeter Women in Neuroscience Lifetime Achievement Award.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson is currently engaged in "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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