Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SCI Model System Researchers Present at the International Spinal Cord Society Meeting (ISCoS)

A host of SCI model systems researchers participated in the 53rd International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) Annual Scientific Meeting held September 2nd -4th in MECC, Maastricht, The Netherlands. Below is a list of model systems researchers that participated in the conference.
  • Dr. Allen Heinemann, Ph.D., co-director of the Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System (MRSCICS), gave a presentation entitled Development and evaluation of environmental factor instruments for use following spinal cord injury. Additionally, Dr. Heinemann presented the poster Patient-centered care in individuals with spinal cord injury/ disorders. The poster detailed a collaborative project between research scientists from The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and the Department of Veteran Affairs.

  • Dr. Denise Tate, project director of the University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UM-SCIMS)  presented data on a project related to neurogenic bowel and bladder and discussed ways of integrating assessments of bowel and bladder management as well as impact on quality of life during a workshop on new measurements for SCI care. The plan is for these measures to be integrated with the patient’s electronic medical records so doctors have access to them before they see the SCI patient and thus can use their time more efficiently to address treatment. The University of Michigan uses MiChart as the electronic medical record system which allows doctors to put their information directly into these records. Patients have access to their patient portals to communicate with their providers of care. Dr. Tate also attended the consumer workshop on peer mentoring services by several international organizations and how these services can help improve the quality of life of persons with SCI around the world.

  • The presentations from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UAB SCIMS)  and National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC):

1. Chen Y, Tang Y, McLain AB, Iezzoni LI. Current pregnancy among women with spinal cord injury. Poster presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the International Spinal Cord Society, MECC, Maastricht, The Netherlands, September 2-4, 2014.

2. McLain AB, Chen Y, Lloyd LK, Alexander MS. The use of neurologic examination to predict awareness and control of lower urinary tract function post spinal cord injury. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Spinal Cord Society, MECC, Maastricht, The Netherlands, September 2-4, 2014.