Actor and activist Christopher Reeve highlighted the MIT/Harvard Conference on Neuroscience in Room 10-250 on March 2. Reeve, who was paralyzed in a 1995 equestrian accident, said the Bush administration has restricted stem cell research on moral grounds, disregarding the views of scientists and patient groups. Other speakers included Professor of Neuroscience Ann Graybiel, a 2001 Medal of Science winner for her study of the brain's basal ganglia, and John McDonald, a neurologist who heads the Spinal Cord Injury Program at the Washington University School of Medicine. McDonald has helped Reeve try to regain neurological function.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 5, 2003.