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Shepherd Center to Screen "The Accidental Advocate" and Hold Discussion on Stem Cell Research

ATLANTA - (Jan. 1, 2009) - Members of the community are invited to join us for the screening of The Accidental Advocate, followed by a discussion on stem cell research led by Shepherd Center spinal cord injury researchers. Space is limited so please RSVP below.

Date and Time

January 15, 2009. 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Shepherd Auditorium, Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, GA

RSVP is closed for this screening.

Movie Synopsis
The Accidental Advocate (run time 93 min.) is a documentary about Claude Gerstle, a surgeon and athlete, who suffers a tragic bicycle accident that leaves him paralyzed from the neck down. He and his daughter, Jessica (former producer, Dateline NBC), embark on an odyssey to track down the thinkers, politicians and crusaders at the heart of stem cell research. Featuring Michael J. Fox, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Orin Hatch and Sam Brownback.

Discussion Leaders
Mike Jones, PhD, Vice President of Research, Shepherd Center
Keith Tansey, MD, PhD, Director of Spinal Cord Injury Research, Shepherd Center

Related Materials
Experimental Treatments for Spinal Cord Injury Injuries: What You Should Know (ICCP)
Of Spinal Cord Injury, Stem Cells, Snake Oil and Serious Hope by Keith Tansey, MD, PhD


About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.