Thursday, March 6, 2014

Former SCI Model Systems Project Director Recently Honored

Samuel Stover, MD, the former project director (1972-1994) of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System, was recently honored by the PM&R journal as “an early leader in the field of spinal cord injury care in the United States.“ Dr. Stover was “instrumental in the establishment and growth of the Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SCIMS) of Care program in the United States”. He also chaired the first committee of the American Spinal Injury Association Standards for Neurological Classification of SCI in 1980. The article titled “Dr. Samuel Stover: Promoting health and Participation Through Leadership in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine” was published by the PM&R in 2013, Volume 5, pages 809-815. View the article here.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Work of an SCI Model System Highlighted by the National Spinal Cord Injury Association

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) recently featured an online article about the work of the University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury (UMPC-SCI). The article highlights the SCI Peer Support Groups at UPMC-SCI and represents a large piece of how they contribute to community reintegration and show support for their patients and families. Access the article here and visit the website for more information on the peer groups.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Model System Researchers Present at 52nd Annual International Spinal Cord Society Annual Meeting

Model Systems researchers from University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model System (U-M SCIMS) and the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) recently participate in the 52nd Annual International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) Annual Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, from October 27-30, 2013. This conference promotes the highest standard of care in the practice of spinal cord injury for men, women and children throughout the world. Through its medical and multi-disciplinary team of professionals ISCoS endeavors to foster education, research and clinical excellence. ISCoS has a membership of over 1,000 clinicians and scientists from 87 countries. Each year the Annual Scientific Meeting is held in a different country and is continuously expanding in membership and new horizons. A list can be found below of the posters and presentations that were presented.

University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model System (U-M SCIMS) presented:


Publications (abstracts):

· Tate D. G., Forchheimer M, Chiodo A, Rodriguez G, Pelletier Cameron A, Hartwig R, Pines C. (2013): Development of interview forms for the international spinal cord injury datasets for bowel and bladder; Final program and Abstract Book; International Spinal Cord Society 52th Annual Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey; p. 298

· Tate D. G., Forchheimer M, Rodriguez G, Pelletier Cameron A, Chiodo A, Kalpakjian C, Meade M (2013): The effects of bowel and bladder dysfunction on quality of life after SCI ; Final program and Abstract Book; International Spinal Cord Society 52th Annual Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey; p. 299

Oral Presentations and Posters:

· Tate D. G., Forchheimer M, Bombardier C, Fann J, Heinemann A. (2013) : Quality of life outcomes following a depression trial; Final program and Abstract Book; International Spinal Cord Society 52th Annual Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey; p. 151

· Tate D. G. (2013): Quality of Life and SCI: The American Perspective. Symposium title: Moving towards a common definition of quality of life for people with spinal cord injury. Final program and Abstract Book; International Spinal Cord Society 52th Annual Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey; p. 65

National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) presented:

Publications (abstracts):

· DeVivo MJ, Chen Y, Krause JS, Saunders LL. Suicide in an aging spinal cord injury population. Presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the International Spinal Cord Society, Istanbul, Turkey, October 28-30, 2013.

· Chen Y, DeVivo MJ. Endocrine, Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases after Spinal Cord Injury: Mortality Risk and Trends. Presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the International Spinal Cord Society, Istanbul, Turkey, October 28-30, 2013.

Oral Presentations and Posters:

· Tang Y, Allen T, Chen Y. Vehicular crashes as a cause of spinal cord injury: descriptive statistics from the National Spinal Cord Injury Database in the US. Poster presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the International Spinal Cord Society, Istanbul, Turkey, October 28-30, 2013.


· DeVivo MJ, Chen Y, Krause JS, Saunders LL. Causes of death in an aging spinal cord injury population. Poster presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the International Spinal Cord Society, Istanbul, Turkey, October 28-30, 2013.







Friday, November 15, 2013

Take a look at Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System's Inaugural Issue of SCI on Rancho

The Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System recently introduced the inaugural issue of the newsletter SCI on Rancho. This newsletter will come out biannually bringing the latest information about living well after spinal cord injury and highlight the activities of the Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury Needed for a Health Information Needs Study

Individuals with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), individuals with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Veterans with a Traumatic Brain Injury are invited to participate in a telephone interview about patients’ health information needs.

Participants must be over 18 and will be compensated $75.

 The study is funded by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and carried out by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center at the American Institutes for Research in collaboration with George Mason University. 

The goal of the study is to understand the patient’s information needs to help improve the quality, clarity, and relevance of information available to individuals with a spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury, and other stakeholders. 

Contact: If you are interested, please call (202) 403-5600 or email msktc@air.org.

Friday, July 26, 2013

SCI Model Systems Seeks Participants for a Health Care Provider Survey

The New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center Model System (NERSCIC) has created a brief online survey to identify primary health care providers who provide an excellent healthcare experience for people with SCI. We would also like to find out if individuals with SCI have seen someone in family practice, psychiatry, mental health, internal medicine, or SCI-related specialty care. The survey is anonymous and will be active until September 3rd. Feedback from the survey will be used to create a list of clinicians in the New England area (MA, CT, NH, ME, RI, VT) who do a good job caring for people with SCI. The resulting list of “SCI-friendly providers” will be made available to consumers and providers in New England. For hard copies of the survey or for more information, please contact Judi Zazula M.S., OTR/L at judiz@bu.edu or 866-607-1804 (toll-free).

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Model Systems Researcher Becomes Co-Project Director

Keith Tansey, M.D., Ph.D. recently became co-project director of the Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System. He replaces David F. Apple, Jr., M.D., who retired from that position in January. Dr. Tansey has also recently been named Secretary-Treasurer of the American Spinal Injury Association. He is also a member of the SCI Common Data Elements Working Group (NINDS/NIH) and is a member of the scientific review board for the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. Dr. Tansey participated in a recent Spinal Cord Outcomes Partnership Endeavor (SCOPE) meeting in Zurich, Switzerland to share electrophysiological techniques currently being used in the Shepherd Center SCIMS research project entitled: "Evaluation of an Improved Method to Assess and Follow the Recovery of Motor Control in SCI." Dr. Tansey and SCIMS physical therapist LeslieVanhiel, DPT, are members of the Planning Group, Advanced Robotic Therapy Integrated Center (ARTIC), an international users group to facilitate research among Lokomat users. Furthermore, Dr. Tansey has received subspecialty certification in neural repair and rehabilitation.