Breakthroughs in Rehabilitation


Stem cell researcher Dr. Hans Keirstead presented "Stem Cell Research and its Application for Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury and Disease" in June 2010.  See who will speak at the 2011 Medical Rehabilitation Lecture. >>


Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital has long been recognized for innovative clinical care and superior outcomes. As part of a continuing effort to remain on the forefront of medical rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, which supports Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital,  hosts an annual lecture addressing recent advances in medical rehabilitation.


Hans S. Keirstead, PhD, co-director of the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research at the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at UC Irvine and associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology, will discuss his research into limiting degeneration and enhancing regeneration after spinal cord injury and disease.


“Dr. Keirstead is world-renowned for his numerous and significant strides in the field of stem cell research,” says Tom Reeg, administrator of Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. “We look forward to having such a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker share his perspective on how stem cells may contribute to rehabilitation and future medical cures.”


Paving the Way

A pioneer in the use of human embryonic and adult stem cells, Dr. Keirstead is currently working to find treatments for patients with spinal cord injuries and central nervous system diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.


The lecture is open to the public. After the presentation, physicians are invited to join Dr. Keirstead at a small dinner meeting featuring a panel discussion.


For more information on the annual Medical Rehabilitation Lecture Series, contact Tom Reeg at (805) 569-8999, ext. 82143, or




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Hans S. Keirstead, PhD, co-director, Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research at the Reeve-Irvine Research Center, and Associate Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, UC Irvine