MI-SCIMS Co-Principal Investigator presents at 62nd International Spinal Cord Society Annual Scientific Meeting
Dr. Gianna Rodriguez, Co-Principal Investigator of the Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model System gave a presentation on international standards to document autonomic function after spinal cord injury.
This year’s meeting of the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) was held October 8-11 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The program focused on advances in recovery; autonomic function; central cord syndrome; spinal cord stimulation; and respiratory, pain and gastrointestinal issues, among others. Nine hundred attendees were present representing various countries.
The meeting offered an opportunity to learn about new developments in spinal cord injury (SCI) care and research as well as to meet with colleagues from around the world. Allen Heinemann, PhD, Director of the Center of Rehabilitation Outcomes at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab Chicago: Anke Scheel-Sailer, MD, Senior Consultant of Spinal Cord Medicine, Swiss Paraplegia Foundation; and Denise Tate, PhD, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and previous director of the University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury System discussed new opportunities for research collaborations.
There was a stronger focus on psychosocial issues related to SCI compared to previous meetings with presentations on resilience, cognitive issues, and quality of life. Dr. Tate presented on patient decision making related to neurogenic bowel and bladder complications, research supported by the US Department of Defense.
Dr. Ashley Craig, Professor of Rehabilitation Studies from the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney gave the Guttman Lecture. He described his research on the psychophysiological impact of SCI.
About the International Spinal Cord Society
ISCoS promotes the highest standard of care in the practice of SCI throughout the world. The purpose is to study all problems relating to traumatic and nontraumatic lesions of the spinal cord, including prevention, basic and clinical research, and clinical care.