Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Cal-Diego Chapter Participates in Panel Discussion on Medical Research for People with Disabilities

Discussion to follow Screening of Cody Unser Foundation’s ‘Sea of Change’ Documentary

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Cody Unser, The Cody Unser First Step Foundation
Paralyzed Veterans’ Cal-Diego Chapter

Paralyzed Veterans’ National Senior Vice President, Al Kovach

Principle Investigator-Dr. Adam Kaplin, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology
Co-Investigator-Dr. Daniel Becker, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Director of International Neurorehabilitation Institute
Operation Deep Down Dive Team


Following the ‘Sea of Change’ documentary film screening, which follows Cody Unser, and nine wheelchair-dependent disabled veterans during a weeklong pilot study exploring the neurological, psychological, and pulmonary effects of scuba on individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI), a panel discussion will take place to discuss current medical research for people with disabilities.

The study featured in the documentary film was conducted in May 2011, and sponsored by the Cody Unser First Step Foundation in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury. The preliminary study found that scuba diving may help improve muscle movement, touch sensitivity and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in people with SCI.


Thursday, January 23, 2014
2:30 pm – Introduction & Film Screening
3:30 pm – Q&A Panel Discussion


VA Medical Center
Multi-purpose Room, 1st Floor
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA

Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously injured American heroes from the “Greatest Generation” of World War II. They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they faced back in the 1940s — from a medical community not ready to treat them to an inaccessible world. For more than six decades, Paralyzed Veterans’ national office and its 34 chapters across the nation have been making America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities. (


Paralyzed Veterans of America
Lani Poblete, 202-416-7667

Release Summary

Paralyzed Veterans Cal-Diego Chapter Co-Hosts Panel Discussion with Cody Unser First Step Foundation on Medical Research for People with Disabilities


Paralyzed Veterans of America
Lani Poblete, 202-416-7667