Spine Center

Innovative Treatment for Back, Neck and Spine Injuries and Disorders

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NORSCIS Research

The Northeast Ohio Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (NORSCIS) generates new knowledge that can be used to improve outcomes of individuals with traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). In September 2016 we received a grant to conduct SCI research from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Grant Highlights

  • Funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
  • The grant provides approximately $2.26 million over a five-year period
  • Provides lifetime comprehensive integrated care from time of injury
  • One of only 14 centers nationwide to receive funding

NORSCIS Research Projects

The National Spinal Cord Injury Database: We will collect clinical, social and psychological outcomes, and quality of life data on all new traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCI) at the time of admission to rehabilitation through the persons lifetime.

Early Characterization of UE Paralysis in Cervical SCI as a Means to Determine Patterns of Injury and Recovery, Informing Prognosis and Guiding Time-critical Interventions: This project will collect preliminary data demonstrating the power of unique upper extremity (UE) muscle assessments that will provide the groundwork for developing a patient-centered guide to UE treatment for the restoration of function for people with cervical SCI.

Methods for Reduction of “Unavoidable” Pressure Ulcers in Persons with Acute SCI: This project will design, fabricate and test a new spine board that will reduce excessive body-board pressures currently found on standard spine boards.

The grant will also allow us to participate in three collaborative projects with the 13 other grant recipients. Data will help us to:

  • Demonstrate the value of providing comprehensive SCI care
  • Convince providers, insurers and policy makers the importance of comprehensive SCI care
  • Inform the development of interventions that can possibly reduce the negative trajectory of functional and quality of life outcomes

NORSCIS Research Team

  • Gregory Nemunaitis, MD
  • Mary Joan Roach, PhD, Co-PD
  • Kevin Kilgore, PhD, Investigator
  • Mohamed Samir Hefzy, PhD, PE
  • Amber Sours, MPH

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