Spinal Cord Injury Research

The ultimate goal of spinal cord injury research at Kessler Foundation is to develop ways for individuals with SCI to fully restore their pre-injury levels of function, activity, and quality of life.

  • Assessing Spinal Cord Structure Changes Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Patients With Incomplete Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

    The purpose of this study is to use a special MRI technology to assess changes in nerve fibers of the spinal cord in acute incomplete spinal cord injury patients (SCI patients who still have some ability to move their limbs) and in healthy control subjects.

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  • Treating Cognitive Deficits in traumatic Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): A Randomized Clinical Trial

    The purpose of this research study is to investigate the effectiveness of a memory retraining program and a processing speed program in a spinal cord injured (SCI) population.

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  • Residential Instability in Chronic SCI: An Investigation of Patterns and Consequences.

    This study investigates the occurrence of geographic mobility, neighborhood influences, and the relationship between housing instability and health and well-being for people with chronic spinal cord injury.

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  • Equality and Quality in Assistive Technology for Individuals with SCI (EQUATE)

    The purpose of the study is to investigate equity and quality of assistive technology (e.g., wheelchairs) provision and outcomes for individuals with SCI.

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  • Complementary and Integrative Healthcare (CIH) Use by People with SCI

    The purpose of this study is to gather information regarding usage of Complementary and Integrative Healthcare (CIH) used by people with SCI. Researchers are interested in examining the barriers and facilitators to usage of CIH by people with SCI. CIH includes products (e.g.

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  • Examining Behavioral and Neural Aspects of Implicit Procedural Learning Performance in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries

    The purpose of this research study is to learn about different types of memory abilities in people who have a spinal cord injury (SCI) and how those abilities relate to brain functioning. 

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  • Mapping the Community Context for a Better Understanding of Community Integration and Participation after SCI

    Researchers are interested in understanding the places where people with disabilities live, work, and socialize. We are examining how various aspects of the environment (like accessibility or barriers to community places such as grocery stores or doctor's offices) influence community participatio

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  • ReInventing Yourself after SCI: A multi-site randomized controlled trial of an intervention to improve outcomes after spinal cord injury

    The purpose of this study is to evaluate the benefits of a group education treatment program to improve self-efficacy in people living with Spinal Cord Injury or Disorder (SCI/D).

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  • Pilot Study of Changes in Tendon Stiffness Associated with Spinal Cord Injury

    The primary objective of the study is to provide preliminary comparative data on population differences (SCI vs CTRL) in SWE measurements.

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  • Exploring Racial/Ethnic Contextual Factors Associated with Functional Independence in SCI

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  • Informing Identification of Neuropathic Pain Phenotypes in People with SCI

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  • Cortical Control of Walking: Brain Plasticity Following Exoskeleton Training in Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury (iSCI)

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  • Lipogems® Injection for Chronic Shoulder Pain in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury

    The goal of Lipogems® injection is stimulation of tissue healing to improve the muscles/tendons, ligaments, and/or cartilage that are felt to be the cause or a component of shoulder pain and disability.

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  • A Longitudinal Examination of Aging with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): Cardiovascular, Cerebrovascular, and Cognitive Consequences

    This study compares heart rate, blood pressure, blood flow in the brain and body, and thinking abilities among individuals with spinal cord injury and healthy age-matched control subjects who do not have a spinal cord injury.

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