Ashtyn Smith, BS, Neuroscience, Westminster College, Salt Lake City
Traumatic spinal cord injury can lead to devastating, life-long health impairment that carries significant educational, social, and economic costs. Thus, it is imperative to understand spinal cord injury pathogenesis in order to improve quality of life for these patients. Previous literature suggests the immune system plays an active role in injury pathogenesis. My research specifically evaluates the role of monocytes and macrophages in recovery after injury.