Patricia Morton, Ph.D.
Patricia Morton, Ph.D., director of Planning and Development for the W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, was recruited by Wise Young to assist in developing the Keck Center and Spinal Cord Injury Project. She organized the first New Jersey Neuroscience Symposium, the inaugural symposium for the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research, and was a founding member of the commission. She coordinated the state-by-state advocacy group, Quest for the Cure, which increased funding for spinal cord injury research. Morton has been instrumental in building collaborations between research organizations, corporations, and government leaders, and deals extensively with spinal injured persons and their families. She leads a seminar on spinal cord injuries, stem cells, and clinical trials: “Pushing the Frontiers, Raising the Ethical Questions.”
You Say You Want a Revolution?
From their roles directing the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University, Wise Young and Patricia Morton have been on the front lines of spinal-cord-injury research for most of their careers. In this article they lean on lessons from the past, their own experience, and events still unfolding as they raise questions about the future of all scientific research.