Thursday, August 21, 2014

SCI Model Systems Featured in Three Publications



Researchers from the University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UM-SCIMS), Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System (MRSCIS), Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System (NNJSCIMS), Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (NWRSCIS) and Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System collaborated on publications featured in Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation and Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. View publications and abstracts below:

1. Tate D and Forchheimer M. Review of Cross-Cultural Issues Related to Quality of Life After Spinal Cord Injury. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. 2014 SUM; 20(3):181-190

Researchers from University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UM-SCIMS). Access the abstract here.

2. Wong, A.W.K., Heinemann, A.W., Wilson, C.S., Neumann, H., Fann, J.R., Tate, D.G., Forchheimer, M., Richards, J.S., Bombardier, C.H. Predictors of participation enfranchisement after spinal cord injury: The mediating role of depression and moderating role of demographic and injury characteristics(2014) Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95 (6), pp. 1106-1113.

Researchers from University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UM-SCIMS), Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System (MRSCIS), and Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (NWRSCIS) . Access the abstract here.

3. Kirshblum, S.C., Biering-Sørensen, F., Betz, R., Burns, S., Donovan, W., Graves, D.E., Johansen, M., Jones, L., Mulcahey, M.J., Rodriguez, G.M., Schmidt-Read, M., Steeves, J.D., Tansey, K., Waring, W. International standards for neurological classification of spinal cord injury: Cases with classification challenges (2014) Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, 20 (2), pp. 81-89.

Researchers from University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UM-SCIMS) and Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System (NNJSCIMS). Access the abstract here.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

SCI Model System Research Recently Featured in Symposium and Publications

Model system researchers from Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System (MRSCICS) presented Physical Interventions to Maximize Motor Recovery following Spinal Cord Injury at the Fourth Annual Spinal Cord Injury Symposium: Contemporary Trends in Spinal Cord Injury Management. The conference was held in Baltimore, MD on June 16, 2014. In addition, MRSCICS work appeared in four publications:


  • “Potential Feasibility of High Intensity, Variable Stepping Practice in Individuals Across Neurological Disorders”, Consortium for Multiple Sclerosis Centers, Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, May 2014 

  • Kim HE, Thompson CK, Hornby TG. Muscle activation varies with contraction mode in human spinal cord injury. Muscle Nerve. 2014 May 13. doi: 10.1002/mus.24285. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24825184. Access the abstract here

  • Leech KA, Kinnaird CR, Hornby TG. Effects of serotonergic medications on locomotor performance in humans with incomplete spinal cord injury. J Neurotrauma. 2014 Apr 17. [Epub ahead of print] Access the abstract here

  • Jayaraman A, Thompson CK, Rymer WZ, Hornby TG. Short-term maximal-intensity resistance training increases volitional function and strength in chronic incomplete spinal cord injury: a pilot study. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2013 Sep;37(3):112-7. PMID: 23673372. Access the abstract here.



























Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Model Systems Researchers Will Present and Receive Awards at the American Spinal Injury Association Annual Meeting

A host of SCI model systems researchers will participate in the 2014 American Spinal Injury Association Annual Meeting (ASIA) in San Antonio, Texas from May 14–17, 2014. Michael J DeVivo, DrPH, Director Emeritus of the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) will receive the 2014 ASIA Lifetime Achievement Award for his professional achievements and contributions to the advancement of the field of rehabilitation. Additionally, numerous model systems researchers will present papers and deliver lectures to advance the field of spinal cord injury. Information about these presentations can be found in the preliminary conference program


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.