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When a person is first injured – and for awhile after – things can feel very overwhelming for everyone involved.

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Lecture and Webcast Series

Location: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA.

Available as a free online webcast with the ability to submit questions.

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What is a Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center?

There are 18 Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model System Centers across the country and each is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) which supports innovative projects and research in the delivery, demonstration, and evaluation of medical, rehabilitation, vocational and other services to meet the needs of individuals with SCI. NIDILRR awards SCI Model Systems Center grants to institutions that are national leaders in medical research and patient care and provide the highest level of comprehensive specialty services, from the point of injury through rehabilitation and re-entry into the community. Each SCI Model Systems Center contributes to the SCI Model Systems Data Center, participates in independent and collaborative research, and provides information and resources to individuals with SCI, their family and care givers, health care professionals and the general public. SNERSCIC contributes data to the National Spinal Cord Injury Database, which includes more than 32,000 individuals with SCI. Information is gathered from individuals, with their consent, during hospitalization and through follow up at one and five years after injury, and every five years thereafter. Data from the SCIMS National Database provides information about the course of recovery, trends in cause and severity of SCI, health service delivery and costs, treatment, and rehabilitation outcomes. This longitudinal study has created a dense patient database that serves as a rich source of data for research and analysis of outcomes.

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    Featured Publications

    Variation in 30-Day Readmission Rates from Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities to Acute Care Hospitals

    Cristina A Shea , Razvan Turcu , Bonny S Wong , Michelle E Brassil , Chloe S Slocum , Richard Goldstein, Ross D Zafonte , Shirley L Shih , Jeffrey C Schneider

    To quantify the rate of readmission from inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) to acute care hospitals (ACHs) during the first 30 days of rehabilitation stay. To measure variation in 30-day readmission rate across IRFs, and the extent that patient and facility characteristics contribute to this variation.

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    Serotonin 1A agonist and cardiopulmonary improvements with whole-body exercise in acute, high-level spinal cord injury: a retrospective analysis

    Isabelle Vivodtzev, Glen Picard, Kevin O'Connor, J Andrew Taylor

    High-level spinal cord injury (SCI) can result in spinal and supraspinal respiratory control deficits leading to insufficient ventilatory responses to exercise and training-related adaptations. We hypothesized a serotonin agonist, known to improve respiratory function in animal models, would improve adaptations to whole-body functional electrical stimulation (FES) exercise training in patients with acute high-level SCI.

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    Digital Phenotyping to Quantify Psychosocial Well-Being Trajectories After Spinal Cord Injury

    Hannah W Mercier, Jason W Hamner, John Torous, Jukka Pekka Onnela, J Andrew Taylor

    The aim of the study was to explore feasibility of smartphone-based digital phenotyping methods to examine depression and its relation to psychosocial well-being indicators after spinal cord injury.

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    Featured Videos

    Spinal Stimulation for Individuals with Paraplegia

    Neurogenic Bladder After SCI: Common Questions and Misconceptions

    Current Studies

    Take a look below at the studies we have right now. Reach out to us if you are interested in joining a study!

    Bedside Test of Autonomic Nervous System Function


    For this study, we will collect information on Assistive Technology (AT) used by individuals with SCI, including wheelchair make, model, failures, and repairs. This data will enable us to track the impact of insurance market changes, find differences in wheelchair failures, and present this information to wheelchair users.

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    Transcutaneous Spinal Cord Stimulation to Alter Autonomic Function


    Our mission is to INSPIRE persons living with paralysis to move. We research and develop cutting-edge technologies that integrate rehabilitation and engineering principles to promote functional independence in persons with catastrophic injury to their nervous system.

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    Comprehensive Testing of Autonomic Function after SCI


    INSPIRE Lab – Technology to Promote Functional Independence

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