Research progress from the SCI Model Systems (SCIMS): An interactive discussion on future directions

Michael L. Boninger*, Edelle C. Field-Fote, Steven C. Kirshblum, Daniel P. Lammertse, Trevor A. Dyson-Hudson, Lesley Hudson, Allen W. Heinemann

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Context/Objective: To describe current and future directions in spinal cord injury (SCI) research. Design: The SCI Model Systems (SCIMS) programs funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) during the 2011 to 2016 cycle provided abstracts describing findings from current research projects. Discussion among session participants generated ideas for research opportunities. Setting/Participants: Pre-conference workshop before the 2016 American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) annual meeting. A steering committee selected by the SCIMS directors that included the moderators of the sessions at the ASIA pre-conference workshop, researchers presenting abstracts during the session, and the audience of over 100 attending participants in the pre-conference workshop. Methods/Results: Group discussion followed presentations in 5 thematic areas of (1) Demographics and Measurement; (2) Functional Training; (3) Psychosocial Considerations; (4) Assistive Technology; and (5) Secondary Conditions. The steering committee reviewed and summarized discussion points on future directions for research and made recommendations for research based on the discussion in each of the five areas. Conclusion: Significant areas in need of research in SCI remain, the goal of which is continued improvement in the quality of life of individuals with SCI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-222
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 4 2018


  • Future directions
  • Model systems
  • Progress
  • Research
  • Spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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