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This section includes scholarly articles from major medical journals and national publications on recent medical developments and ongoing research. Here you’ll find information on current medical advancements in spinal cord injury treatment and rehabilitation, including stem cell clinical trials.

  • Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals

    Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals is a interdisciplinary organization dedicated to advancing the care of people with spinal cord injury/dysfunction (Spinal Cord Injury/D) by bringing together nurses and physicians.The Academy is made up of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses, the American Paraplegia Society, the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers, and the Therapy Leadership Council in Spinal Cord Injury.


  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    AAPRM&R is the primary medical society for the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (rehabilitation physicians). It provides information on medical issues and best practices and continuing education and training. Here you can find a basic definition of what a physiatrist does as well as where to find one in your area. Click on "About Physiatry" to Find a PM&R Physician  in your area and their contact information.

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons

    Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with over 8,000 members worldwide. The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public. The Patient Information tab on the main toolbar, provides a wide range of consumer information on Conditions and Treatments.    

  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

    The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) is an organization of rehabilitation professionals dedicated to serving people with disabling conditions by supporting research that promotes health, independence, productivity, quality of life, and meets the needs of rehabilitation clinicians and people with disabilities. The Association's Patient Education section provides consumer-friendly information on topics relevant to spinal cord injury and rehabilitation medicine. These are targeted to help people with disabilities, their caregivers, or clinicians.
  • American Medical Association Doctor Finder

    The American Medical Association has compiled an online index of virtually every licensed physician in the U.S. Using this tool, you can search for specialty doctors in your area. The website lists first the doctors who are AMA members, though non-members can also be found. Each listing includes information on the location of the doctor's office and, in some cases, accepted insurance providers, educational history and specialty certifications.

  • American Occupational Therapy Association's Web Site

    The American Occupational Therapy Association advances the quality, availability, use, and support of occupational therapy through standard-setting, advocacy, education, and research on behalf of its members and the public. AOTA’s major programs and activities are directed toward assuring the quality of occupational therapy services; improving consumer access to health care services, and promoting the professional development of members. The Association's website section for Disability and Rehabilitation provides a variety of resource tips to better understand the role OT's play in Spinal Cord Injury rehabilitation. 

  • American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA)

    ASIA establishes and promotes standards of excellence for all aspects of health care of individuals with spinal cord injury from onset throughout life. One of ASIA's primary missions is to educate members, other healthcare professionals, patients and their families as well as the public on all aspects of spinal cord injury and its consequences in order to prevent injury, improve care, increase availability of services and maximize the injured individual’s potential for full participation in all areas of community life. The Public Information link on the left toolbar provides a variety of consumer education information on durable medical equipment, clinical trials, and general guidelines for selecting SCI rehabilitation programs.



  • Australia/New Zealand Spinal Cord Network

    The Australian/ New Zealand Spinal Cord Network’s mission is to make recovery from spinal cord injury as full as possible.  Established in 2008, the Spinal Cord Injury Network has identified a number of ways to speed the translation of innovative research discoveries into practical benefits for people with spinal cord injury, focusing on five approaches. They aim to advance treatments for spinal cord injury by promoting excellence in research and clinical practice through improved communication and collaboration to build capacity.

  • Brain Injury Association of America

    The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. The BIAA’s mission is to be the voice of brain injury. Through advocacy, education and research, they bring help, hope and healing to millions of individuals living with brain injury, their families and the professionals who serve them. To find more information on Brain Injury Associations in your area, click on the Find BIA in Your State tab located on the home page.


    Sponsored by Newsome Melton, LLP, is a resource to help brain and/or spinal cord injury survivors and their families learn more about medical conditions, rehabilitation, and legal options that can support long-term financial stability.

  • Center for Assistive Technology

    The Center for Assistive Technology (CAT) provides information and referral services on assistive technology to people in the Western New York Region including a topy and equipement lending center for families in early intervention programs, child care centers, family child care homes, and early intervention service providers. It was established within the School of Health Related Professions in 1988. CAT conducts research, education and service programs in assistive technology for persons with disabilities and the elderly, in four related areas: research, development, and commercialization, education programs, client assessment and training services and dissemination.

  • Center for Neuro Recovery

    Based in Southern Florida, the Center for Neuro Recovery helps individuals with spinal cord injury, stroke, and other neurological disorders through a post-rehabilitation functional movement exercise, strength, and conditioning programs. Utilizing state-of-the-art researched-backed equipment the Center for Neuro Recovery’s® Comprehensive Activity-based Strength Training (C.A.S.T.®) program helps individuals reach maximum levels of functionality, independence, and regain as much lost capability as possible through repetitive, activity-based strength training.
  • Center of Recovery and Exercise (CORE)

    Located in Central Florida, the Center of Recovery & Exercise is committed to providing a comprehensive activity based neurorecovery program developed specifically for individuals with spinal cord injuries and other related disorders to achieve optimal functional recovery, health and independence. The CORE program utilizes exercise science fundamentals in combination with state-of-the-art rehabilitative equipment and highly skilled trainers in a safe, supportive, goal oriented environment.

  • Children's Hospital and Health System of Wisconsin

    Children's Hospital and Health System is an independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The 12 entities that make up the health system work to improve the lives of children everywhere through care giving, advocacy, research and education.

  • Children's Hospital Association

    The Children’s Hospital Association advances child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care with our children’s hospitals. CHA represents 220 children’s hospitals, which set the standard for the highest quality pediatric care while training the next generation of pediatricians. With its members, the CHA champions policies that enable children’s hospitals to better serve children; leverages its position as the pediatric leader in data analytics to facilitate national collaborative and research efforts to improve performance; and spreads best practices to benefit the nation’s children. Click on "Directories" on the top toolbar to find a hospital near you.


  • Children's Hospital Boston

    Children's Hospital Boston is a 396-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, Children's offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age.

    Children's records approximately 25,600 inpatient admissions each year, and our 228 specialized clinical programs schedule more than 543,100 visits annually. Additionally, the hospital performs 25,800 surgical procedures and 200,000 radiological examinations every year.  


  • Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

    The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is committed to raising funds to support research on spinal cord injury and to improving the quality of life of people living with paralysis. The Foundation's Paralysis Resource Center provides a robust collection of resources that span key areas of life. Scroll down to obtain a FREE 442 page Paralysis Resource Guide in hard copy or electronic format, Wallet Cards on autonomic dysreflexia, deep vein thrombosis, and sepsis. The Resource Center also provides a Peer Mentor program to support life-long learning. Persons interested in connecting with someone to answer questions directly via phone or email can do so through the "Ask Us Anything" link.


  • Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimualtion Center

    The Cleveland FES Center strives to create a fertile environment in which researchers, engineers and clinicians work in collaboration to develop technological solutions that improve the quality of life of individuals with neurological or muscular skeletal impairments the through the use of functional electrical stimulation and enables the transfer of this technology into clinical deployment. This website offers news on Spinal Cord Injury research and provides information on the development of functional electrical stimulation.  

  • Commission of Accredited Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

    The Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) promotes quality, value, and optimal outcomes of rehabilitation services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Facilities accredited by CARF have met high standards of care with demonstrated action to improve the quality of life of persons served. Enter your zip code to "Find an Accredited Provider" and locate a CARF accredited facility in your area.

  • Conquer Paralysis Now

    Conquer Paralysis Now started in 2000 as the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF). The founder's original intent was to fund research and provide advocacy and programming for SCI patients and their families. SSPF achieved many successes and the ultimate goal remained elusive: a cure.  In 2012, the foundation began investigating what it would take to turn the dream of finding a cure into a reality. Backed by an international coalition of medical doctors, research scientists, and business leaders, in 2014 Conquer Paralysis Now (CPN) was launched with Sam Schmidt's blessing and continued involvement. CPN funds scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation, and technological advances that lead toward a cure for spinal cord injury. Prizes and grants are part of the CPN Challenge to accelerate the development of treatments for spinal cord injury and provide significant improvement in quality of life. Explore the website to identify ways to get involved in this exciting initiative.

  • Department of Veteran Affairs - Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders

    The VA’s Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders System of Care provides a coordinated life-long continuum of services for eligible veterans with spinal cord injury. The system is designed around 24 hub's across the nation. Each hub runs specialty centers comprised of highly trained providers including doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists, psychologists, and other professions. All professionals are uniquely equipped to support and treat people with spinal cord injury or disorder.

  • Georgia Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System - Shepherd Center, Atlanta

    The Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA houses the largest of the 14 Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems. The staff specializes in spinal cord injury and treats a high volume of patients - nearly 450 each year. As a result, the team has strong expertise in dealing with spinal cord injuries at every level of injury, including people who are ventilator dependent or have a dual diagnosis of spinal cord and brain injury. The Spepherd Center provides a number of free publications including a quarterly news magazine and newletter in addition to caregiver guides.

  • Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

    Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare is an independent, not-for-profit hospital located in St. Paul, Minnesota, with clinics in Duluth, Burnsville, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, and services for adult patients at our St.Paul - Phalen Clinic. Gillette is internationally renowned for a level of pediatric expertise that distinguishes us from many health care organizations.

  • International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute

    The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSpinal Cord Injury) at Kennedy Krieger Institute was founded on the philosophy that individuals with paralysis can always hope for recovery of sensation, function, mobility, and independence, months and even years after injury. The program offers a coordinated continuum of care with services for individuals at all phases of recovery, including an in-patient hospital unit, home- and community-based services, and outpatient specialty programs. Located in Baltimore, Maryland, ICSpinal Cord Injury is one of the first facilities in the world to combine innovative research with a unique focus on restoration and rehabilitation for children and adults with chronic paralysis. The School Programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute has recieved awards in leadership and special education. Explore the Special Education section to learn more about programs and events at schools in Baltimore, Washington, DC, and other partnership programs across Maryland.

  • Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine

    The American Paraplegia Society provides this selection of free articles from the "Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine" (JSCM). Here you'll find articles and updates on the latest medical research and findings regarding Spinal Cord Injury.

  • Journey Forward

    Journey Forward is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to bettering the lives of people with spinal cord injuries through an intense exercise program. Based in Canton, MA, Journey Forwards serves clients with all different levels of injury and abilities in a full body, activity based fitness and wellness recovery program.

  • Kentucky Regional Model Spinal Cord Injury System - Frazier Rehabilitation Institute, KentuckyOne Health

    Comprehensive rehabilitation services are offered by KentuckyOne Health through Frazier Rehab Institute. Providing therapy in an acute care setting for inpatient and outpatient rehab needs, Frazier Rehab Institute is a regional health care system dedicated entirely to rehab medicine and offers a number of specialties focused on helping individuals reach a higher quality of life.  Since 1954, it has been setting the standard of excellence in this specialized area. Through an expansive network of inpatient and outpatient facilities in Kentucky and southern Indiana, Frazier Rehab Institute offers a wide array of services based on a common goal - helping people with disabilities reach their fullest potential.

  • Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center

    As one of twelve spinal cord injury research centers in the U.S., the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center is dedicated to developing effective treatments for both adult and children who live with a spinal cord injury.  This goal is guided by our mission: "to develop successful spinal cord repair strategies in the laboratory that can be taken to the clinic in a timely and responsible fashion".

  • Learn About Clinical Studies

    A variety of consumer education sheets were developed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health to help people better understand clinical studies. Descriptions are provided on clinical trials and observation studies, who and where clinical studies are conducted, how long studies last, reasons for conducting them and who and how one participates in a clinical study.

  • Mayo Clinic - Spinal Cord Injury

    The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life.  Their spinal cord injury resource page outlines the basics of Spinal Cord Injury and important information on initial treatments and rehabilitation. Click on Coping and Support to find resources and information on living with a spinal cord injury.


  • Medical University of South Carolina - Spinal Cord Injury Research Team

    The Medical University of South Carolina’s Spinal Cord Injury Research Team research goal is to help better understand the life situation of our people with spinal cord injuries, and to identify factors that may be used to promote better life outcomes.   Their research ranges from studies on pressure sores to education and employment outcomes for people with spinal cord injuries.

  • Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

    In 1985, Barth A. Green, M.D. and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Nick’s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, The Miami Project is a comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, housed in the Lois Pope LIFE Center, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Miami Project’s international team of more than 200 scientists, researchers and clinicians take innovative approaches to the challenge of spinal cord injury. The website's Living with Paralysis section provides provides exceptional consumer education on Spinal Cord Injury 101Care and Resources, Experimental Treatment, Webinars, and Statistics. The Healthy Living section provides additional information on diet and nutrition, exercises, sports and leisure, and stretching.

  • Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)

    The Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center is operated by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC); a world-renown state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital that provides spinal cord injury care at all stages of recovery. Physicians, clinicians, and scientists work collectively to integrate translational research and cutting-edge technology to maximize independence and integration back to the community. RIC is the largest physical rehabilitation research facility in the world. Research scientists across the globe work collectively with RIC physicians and clinical teams to discover and advance care for spinal cord injury. Click on Clinical Trials to identify current studies underway and in recruitment of participants. Additional Patient and Family Education information is available through the RIC LIFE Center at

  • Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center

    The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) summarizes research, identifies health information needs and develops systems for sharing information for the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) model systems programs in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and burn injury. The Spinal Cord Injury tab at the top takes you to a page with a listing of what the website has to offer, including a factsheets, slideshows, and hot topic modules as well as quick reviews of research that is funded by the NIDRR, and a database of research publications from the Model Spinal Cord Injury Systems since 1991. 

  • Morton Cure Paralysis Fund

    In 1995, Peter Morton broke his neck in a bicycle accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down and unable to breathe without a ventilator.  Devastated by the accident, friends turned their hurt into hope. They launched a small-town golf tournament to raise funds for spinal cord injury research—and the Morton Cure Paralysis Fund was born.  Since then, MCPF has raised over $2.0 million for cutting-edge research.



  • MossRehab

    MossRehab is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation in the Philadelphia region. Their comprehensive spinal cord injury program provides care at all stages of recovery. Family education is a key component of care and supports goal setting for stress-free transitions and continuity of care. The MossRehab Spinal Cord Injury Program is structured to move hand-in-hand with people and support their goals to achieve independence and lead productive and rewarding lives.

  • National Rehabilitation Information Center

    The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is the library of of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). This extensive collection includes all articles, reports, curricula, guides, and other publications and products of the research projects funded by NIDILLRR. Disability Resources are additionally arranged by subject to help patrons find agencies, organizations, and online resources for treatment, benefits, and services. 


  • Nerve Transfers In Patients With Spinal Cord Injury Educational Packet

    Cervical level spinal cord injury can significantly affect hand function. Depending on the level and type of injury, surgery to improve hand and arm function may be an option. Surgical treatment may include nerve transfers or other procedures. To help you understand the treatment options and what to expect, The Univeristy of Washington in St. Louis prepared this handout.
  • Neurotech Network

    Founded in 2005, Neurotech Network of The Society to Increase Mobility, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focusing to improve the education of and the advocacy to access neurotechnology devices, therapies and treatments for persons with impairments. Educational Sessions, webinars, and presentations can be viewed in the Education for Consumers & Caregivers section.

  • New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center Network - Boston Medical Center

    The New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center, located at Boston Medical Center, offers specialty services to individuals with spinal-cord injuries from the intensive-care unit, to outpatient care, rehabilitation and lifetime follow-up visits. The Center provides consumer-focused rehabilitation research and state-of-the-art rehabilitation care. Addditional services include art, music, sports therapy, adaptive gaming technology, peer counseling and a community reintegration program.

  • Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System - Kessler Medical Rehabilitation, West Orange

    Kessler Rehabilitation Institute, located in West Orange, NJ, provides state-of-the-art care for individuals with spinal cord injury and their families. The rehabilitation team integrates advanced treatment, proven therapies and leading-edge technologies, such as body-weight-supported treadmill training to improve gait performance, and pharmacological interventions for spasticity. Kessler also offers programs to help individuals reintegrate into daily life, such as support groups for patients and families, vocational counseling, and a Driver Rehabilitation Program to encourage greater personal independence.

  • Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System - University of Washington, Seattle

    The Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System, located at the University of Washington, is a Model Rehabilitation Center with a comprehensive team of rehabilitation specialists, including physicians, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, rehabilitation counselors, and psychologists. The Department of Rehabilitation also provides useful connections to local specialty programs, such as the Disabled Driving Program, Assistive Technology and Seating Clinic and the Fertility Clinic. Information and Education, on the left-hand menu, provides access to SCI forums, newsletters, pamphlets, and videos. The Spinal Cord Injury Pamphlet Series: Staying Healthy After a Spinal Cord Injury can give you good insights on what your loved one is facing and how to help him stay healthy. Projects & Research gives information on research publications and projects.

  • Ohio State Medical Center - NeuroRecovery Network Center

    The NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Center at The Ohio State University Medical Center is part of a distinguished network of leading rehabilitation centers that develops and delivers therapies to promote functional recovery and improve quality for life for people living with paralysis. Funded by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the NRN translates the latest scientific advances into effective rehabilitation treatments.

  • OrthoInfo - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

    OrthoInfo is an online resource from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgions thatsaims to share the most up-to-date news and information about orthopaedic surgery. The website contains over 600 articles about fractures, sports injuries, joint replacement, children's' orthopaedics, and other topics. The sections on Neck & Back provide a variety of consumer education sheets,on diseases and conditions, treatments and surgeries, and health and safety. All of OrthoInfo’s articles are written and peer reviewed by orthopaedic surgeons who are experts in their field.

  • Project Walk - Orlando

    Project Walk Orlando exists to provide those living with a spinal cord injury the opportunity to achieve their greatest recovery potential and an overall increased quality of life.  The center is modeled after the highly successful Project Walk® in Carlsbad, California, which is an aggressive and comprehensive exercise-based program.  Their methodology for Spinal Cord Injury recovery extends the program's reach and affordability to the southeastern United States, Florida residents and beyond.

  • Proneuron Biotechnologies

    Proneuron Biotechnologies is a biopharmaceutical company developing therapies for neurological disorders, including spinal cord injuries (Spinal Cord Injury), brain trauma, and neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.  

    Proneuron's lead product is ProCord, an experimental cell therapy that is being developed to treat acute spinal cord injury.  Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science and Proneuron have demonstrated that CNS recovery may be enhanced by applying the body’s own repair system, the immune system, which is actively involved in wound-healing in other parts of the body.  While this treatment is strictly experimental for the time being, the website has a great resource directory and information on spinal cord injury.  

  • Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley - Thomas Jefferson University Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia

    Located in Philadelphia, PA, the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, in affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, provides quality care and programs for individuals with Spinal Cord Injury. Many of these programs provide skills crucial to returning to community living. All resources and services of Magee are available through their Life Time Follow-Up system of care. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to access the Patient-Family Teaching Manual which provides consumer information on a variety of health topics pertinent to spinal cord injury. This section also includes day in the life videos and newsletters.

  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)

    RESNA promotes research and advocacy for assistive technology through membership and programs focused on the exchange of ideas and information about technological advancements for individuals with disabilities. The Consumer and Public Information section of this professional websites provides a catalogue of state programs designed to assist you as well as conferences and assistive technology news. Some of the most useful tools on this website are the lists of state programs which can help you find financial help for assistive technology.

  • Research Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

    The Research Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center conducts research to better understand and improve outcomes after TBI and Spinal Cord Injury.  Outcomes studied include the functional, vocational and life satisfaction areas that are important to people with and without disabilities.  They strive to meet the needs of injuries persons and their families for information, education and support.

  • Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Injury System - Craig Hospital, Englewood, CO

    Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO offers state-of-the-art facilities and expert staff for the care of spinal cord injuries. Free on-campus housing units are offered to family members to encourage family support. The large number of patients with similar ages, backgrounds and injuries promotes hope through friendships and peer counseling. Click on Education & resources at the top toolbar to access interactive library resources on spinal cord injury.

  • "Scientists Make Paralyzed Rats Walk Again After Spinal Cord Injury": University of California, Sept. 21, 2009

    This article details a discovery made by UCLA researchers that might be a step toward improved rehabilitation for people with Spinal Cord Injury. In their tests, researchers have found that, with administration of drugs and electrical stimulation, they can cause paralyzed rats to walk and bear their weight while guided on a treadmill."

  • Shriners Hospital Pediatric Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Programs

    Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and teaching programs. Children up to the age of 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for admission and receive all care in a family-centered environment with no financial obligation to patients or families. Three locations specialize in pediatric spinal cord injury medicine and rehabilitation; they are located in Sacramento, Ca, Chicago, IL and Philadelphia, PA. Transportation is also provided at no cost.

  • South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems - University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

    The South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model System is operated by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. This CARF-accredited in-patient rehabilitation program provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary team of physiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, rehabilitation nurses, and other rehabilitation specialists. The program is based at Jackson Memorial Hospital, a 1500 bed Level I trauma hospital. After completion of in-patient rehabilitation, spinal cord injury patients often continue with out-patient therapy and receive life-long out-patient medical care in the program's Spinal Cord Injury clinics. The program is actively involved in clinical research and also maintains a close relationship with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis to ensure unique opportunities for improving health and wellness and additional opportunities to participate in research studies.

  • Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System - Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center

    Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center has over 50 years of experience providing quality care for persons with physical disabilities.  It has been a pioneer in the interdisciplinary team approach to patient care. Patients are treated by highly specialized teams dedicated to specific disability categories such as spinal cord injury, brain injury, etc. This allows caregivers to develop an expertise unmatched in the Region. This level of expertise is supported by millions of dollars in grant and research monies administered by the Los Amigos Research and Education Institute, Inc. (LAREI).

  • Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System - Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

    Founded in 1971 as the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Hospital, Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System provides comprehensive rehabilitation treatment that focuses on maximizing neurorecovry whle helping patients develop strategies for independent living. Spaulding provides a comfortable environment that supports families and patients in attaining skills required to return to their communities. Spaulding's mission is to: provide a full continuum of rehabilitation treatment and care, contribute new knowledge and treatment approaches through research and outcome studies, educate future rehabilitation specialists, including physicians, nurses, therapists and other allied health professionals, and advocate for persons with disabilities. a variety of consumer education material can be found in the Patient Handouts sections of the website.

  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Areas of Research - Topic Overview

    This section of WebMD provides an overview of several types of research on spinal cord injuries. Some of them may be at the point where people with SCI's are using them on a trial basis. Others might still be in the animal-study stage. They all have the potential to lead to a return of some feeling and movement in paralyzed areas.

  • Spinal Cord Injury Directory from WebMD

    WebMD is a trusted source for objective, trustworthy, and timely health information. The website's section on Spinal Cord Injuries Directory provides a medical reference for spinal cord injury and pain and useful articles on life with a spinal cord injury.

  • Spinal Cord Injury: Surgery & Treatment

    Information on various surgery and treatment for spinal cord injury is available on the UC San Diego Health System's spinal cord injury website. Topics include surgical and nonsurgical treament such as nerve and tendon transfer, selective peripheral neurotomy, phrenic nerve stimulator, and spinal cord stimulation. 

  • "Stem Book" by Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Harvard University

    Stem Book is an online collection of original, peer-reviewed chapters on various aspects of stem-cell biology written by top researchers in the field at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and worldwide. This is the place to find serious, in-depth scholarly research. Stem Book is aimed at stem cell and non-specialist researchers.


  • University of Alabama/Birmingham Model Spinal Cord Injury System - Spain Rehabilitation Center, Birmingham

    Located  at the Spain Rehabilitation Center in Birmingham, AL, the UAB Spinal Cord Injury Model System offers individualized care for both adolescents and adults with an emphasis on family participation in the recovery process. Patients' families are encouraged to attend therapy education sessions to improve continued care at home.

  • University of Michigan Model Spinal Cord Injury Care System - Ann Arbor

    The only Spinal Cord Injury Model System in the upper Midwest, U-M is located in Ann Arbor, MI. Here you'll find a specialized spinal cord injury programs for both adults and children with a dedicated team of nurses, doctors, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists rehabilitation engineers, recreational therapists, social workers, and speech language pathologists. Peer resource counselors provide added support to smooth the road towards an independent and fulfilled life. Innovative research relevant to persons with spinal cord injury is conducted on an ongoing basis to help restore patients to living as independently as possible.

  • University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury

    The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) on Spinal Cord Injury provides comprehensive team-based treatment by physicians, therapist, and vocational rehabilitation specialists. This facility is heavily involved in spinal cord injury research, with in-depth investigation on assistive technology and care and treatment of spinal cord injuries to enhance quality of life. The Center also contributes to the assessment of life-long outcomes of individuals with spinal cord injury through enrollment of participants in the National Spinal Cord Injury Database. Fact sheets to support Living with SCI are provided from the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center as well as other scholarly and consumer publications.

  • What is a Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center?

    The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, describes the "Spinal Cord Injury Model System" and explains why it is important to you. A brief outline of criteria to become a model system in spinal cord injury as designated by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) is also provided. 

  • Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation

    By providing targeted financial support, Wings for Life enables the implementation of important research projects focusing on curing paraplegia. Wings for Life also supports revolutionary compensatory treatments, which promise to significantly improve the quality of life of paraplegic patients.

    To choose its research projects, Wings for Life benefits from the expertise of an advisory committee of international scientists and physicians. Together with well respected reviewers, they support the foundation by selecting the most promising projects that focus on relevant research. Wings for Life has established a stringent, multi-stage selection process to ensure the best possible investment of every single donation.