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Virginia Consortium for Spinal Cord Injury Care Named As 1 of 14 Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model Systems in the US

The Virginia Consortium for Spinal Cord Injury Care has been designated as 1 of 14 Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model Systems in the US for the 2021-2026 cycle. The Virginia Consortium for Spinal Cord Injury Care involves a partnership between Virginia Commonwealth Universit's (VCU) Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering (CERSE), the Central Virginia VA Health Care System (CVHCS), and Sheltering Arms Institute. The SCI Model System supports projects and research in the delivery, demonstration, and evaluation of medical, rehabilitation, vocational and other services to meet the needs of individuals with SCI. This prestigious designation recognizes the Consortium as a national leader in medical research and patient care.

The designation includes a $2.2 million dollar, 5-year grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) that will support three research projects (details listed below):

Project Staff

Dr. Ashraf Gorgey (MPT, PhD, FACSM, FACRM) – Will be exploring home-based, multi-modal neurorehabilitation using a telehealth platform to enhance upper extremity function in people with tetraplegia.

Dr. Zina Trost (PhD) – Will conduct research studies on spinal cord injuries independently and with other research sites. Trost will also be overseeing participant enrollment into a national spinal cord injury database as part of a longitudinal study.

Dr. Paul Perrin (PhD) – Together with Dr. Trost, will explore health inequities around spinal cord injury to accelerate racial and ethnic equity in SCI rehabilitation outcomes.

Addition Information

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