MI-SCIMS Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model System

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The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Michigan Medicine and the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids were selected as one of 18 spinal cord injury (SCI) Centers of Excellence for SCI Research and Clinical Care in the United States. The MI-SCIMS aims to expand and enhance health management for all individuals living—and aging—with SCI in Michigan and throughout the United States.

Participation in SCI research includes Participation in the SCIMS National Database, which is the world’s most extensive SCI database, containing information on almost 50,000 people injured since 1973. In keeping with the National Database’s strategic efforts to include participants from racial and ethnic minority populations, the MI-SCIMS project will engage individuals with SCI in racially marginalized communities.

MI-SCIMS will also disseminate resources and training to individuals with SCI, their families and caregivers, healthcare professionals, and the public, in order to facilitate a continuum of care that extends from Emergency Medical Services at the time of injury to outpatient vocational services.

The MI-SCIMS project is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


Core Components of MI-SCIMS