Exercise and Breathlessness (SRH) In chronic SCI, muscular weakness and paralysis result in a decreased ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), and a…More...
This study is investigating a non-invasive method of brain stimulation (Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation- tDCS) for the relief of pain due to a previous spinal…More...
The SH-SCI in Boston, MA has a diverse and active group of spinal cord injury clinicians and researchers. Our goal is to provide the best possible care for patients with spinal cord injury.
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The Adaptive Sports Program at SH-SCI provides therapeutic recreational activities – including sailing, rowing, bicycling, and skiing – for members of the disabled community. Our trained staff identifies activities most appropriate for each participant. For more information, please click here.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) of Massachusetts also offers many selections for adaptive sports and summertime activities. Check out their brochure below!
Knowledge In Motion - Neuroregenerative Properties of Dental Pulp in SCI
On January 30th the Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System and the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center Model System hosted a lecture and webcast featuring Ricardo Battaglino PhD, from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and The Forsyth Institute. He discussed a new project in collaboration with Dr. Alpdogan Kantarci (Forsyth), Dr. Hatice Hasturk (Forsyth), and Dr. Leslie Morse (Spaulding-Harvard SCI Model System) to assess the neuroregenerative properties of dental pulp stem cells and their future potential to improve neurological outcomes in SCI. We had a great attendance of over 70 consumers, and over 280 tuned in to the webcast from nine countries. Our consumers thought this topic was relevant, informative, and exiting!
Our attendees left with a new awareness about the source of dental pulp stem cells, how they are obtained, and how they can develop into elements of the nervous system. The question and answer period was very interactive, many of the questions focused on how dental pulp stem cells might be used to promote neuro-recovery for people with spinal cord injury and related to real world situations.
Neurotoxic or Neuroprotective? Current Controversies in SCI-Induced Autoimmunity.
Curr Phys Med Rehabil Reports. 2013 Sep;1(3)
Authors: Saltzman JW, Battaglino R, Stott H, Morse LR
Controversy exists regarding the autoimmune response that has been observed following traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). It is not clear if this represents a protective response by the immune system to prevent further tissue damage, a pathological reaction of the immune system to central nervous system antigens released by the injury, or a combination of both. Experimental evidence indicates that B cells produce auto-antibodies following SCI and that the presence of self-reactive antibodies is associated with tissue damage. Conversely, other studies suggest T cell activity at the site of the injury promotes tissue regeneration. Vaccination with dendritic cells exposed to central nervous s [...]
Associations with chest illness and mortality in chronic spinal cord injury.
J Spinal Cord Med. 2013 Jul 8;
Authors: Danilack VA, Stolzmann KL, Gagnon DR, Brown R, Tun CG, Morse LR, Garshick E
OBJECTIVE: Identify factors associated with chest illness and describe the relationship between chest illness and mortality in chronic spinal cord injury (SCI).
DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey assessing chest illness and a prospective assessment of mortality.
METHODS: Between 1994 and 2005, 430 persons with chronic SCI (mean ± SD), 52.0 ± 14.9 years old, and ≥4 years post SCI (20.5 ± 12.5 years) underwent spirometry, completed a health questionnaire, and reported any chest illness resulting in time off work, indoors, or in bed in the preceding 3 years. Deaths through 2007 were identified.
OUTCOME MEASURES: Logistic regression assessing [...]
Our Spinal Cord Injury Model System is funded by the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). NIDRR is a component of the Department of Education - Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) whose main mission is helping to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Database has been in existence since 1973 and captures data from an estimated 13% of new SCI cases in the U.S. As part of the SCI Model System, SH-SCI contributes to this database. The NSCISC has recently released 2013 "Facts and Figures" from the National Database.
Connect with the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center
The Model System Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) has many resources available about the Spinal Cord Injury Model System, including helpful flyers and handouts about injury - and also the contact information for Model System sites nationwide.