Meeting Proceedings for SCI 2020: Launching a Decade of Disruption in Spinal Cord Injury Research

Leslie R. Morse, Edelle C. Field-Fote, Jose Contreras-Vidal, Linda J. Noble-Haeusslein, Matthew Rodreick, Richard K. Shields, Michael Sofroniew, Robert Wudlick, Jeanne M. Zanca

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The spinal cord injury (SCI) research community has experienced great advances in discovery research, technology development, and promising clinical interventions in the past decade. To build upon these advances and maximize the benefit to persons with SCI, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) hosted a conference February 12-13, 2019 titled "SCI 2020: Launching a Decade of Disruption in Spinal Cord Injury Research." The purpose of the conference was to bring together a broad range of stakeholders, including researchers, clinicians and healthcare professionals, persons with SCI, industry partners, regulators, and funding agency representatives to break down existing communication silos. Invited speakers were asked to summarize the state of the science, assess areas of technological and community readiness, and build collaborations that could change the trajectory of research and clinical options for people with SCI. In this report, we summarize the state of the science in each of five key domains and identify the gaps in the scientific literature that need to be addressed to move the field forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1251-1266
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of neurotrauma
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The SCI 2020 Meeting was supported, in part, by the American Spinal Injury Association, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Texas Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, NASCIC, NIDILRR, Praxis Spinal Cord Institute, United Spinal Association, Wings4Life, Blusson Integrated Cures Partnership, and the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries.

Funding Information:
This article was developed with funding support from the NI-DILRR (grant nos.: 90SI5014 [M.B., J.C.], 90SI5015 [J.C., L.R.M.]., 90SI5016 [E.F.F., C.R.K.], 90SI5018 [S.J.M.], 90SI5019 [Y.C., C.Y.-F.], 90SI5021 [C.S., R.Z.], 90SI5026 [J.Z.], 90SI5024 [M.J.M., M.S.-R.], and the Department of Neurology Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin [L.N.-H.].

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  • assistive technology
  • neural plasticity
  • neural regeneration
  • neuromodulation
  • rehabilitation medicine
  • spinal cord injury

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