Call for Nominations: ASIA Board
The American Spinal Injury Association’s Nominating Committee invites members to submit nominations for candidates to serve on the ASIA Board of Directors. Nominations are being accepted now through May 3, 2017. All ASIA members may submit the name of a member in good standing or you may submit your own name. Submissions should be sent by midnight, May 3, 2017 to ASIA’s Executive Director, Patty Duncan: Patty@asia-spinalinjury.org.
Register Now and Book your Hotel Room!
Registration is underway for the 2017 ASIA Scientific Meeting with two exciting Precourses. Join us in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 26-29, 2017. Complete Program, Registration and Hotel information is available here.
New: ASIA Clinic/Institutional Memberships
Become an ASIA Clinic/Institutional member to receive three MD/PHD memberships, three allied health professionals, three annual meeting registrations, four ads/announcements in the e-bulletins a year, institution banner on our website, ad in the annual meeting program, job announcements on our job board for a year. Clinic/Institutional Membership Application
In Memoriam- Dr. Ferne Pomerantz
The SCI Community mourns the passing of one of our own. Ferne Pomerantz was a longtime member of the American Spinal Injury Association and a valued member of the ASIA Rehabilitation Standards Committee. Dr. Pomerantz was Director of Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation at Helen Hayes hospital. Dr. Pomerantz also served in a range of rehabilitation capacities at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, The Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation and Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Ferne Pomerantz was a mentor to many. She will be missed.
Call for Nominations: Apple Award and Vogel Award
The Apple Award is for excellence in publishing in spinal cord injury rehabilitation research. This annual prize is given for the best published paper by a clinician or researcher in the preceding calendar year. Nominations will be accepted from the field for articles which address clinical or basic science research in spinal cord medicine.
Apple Award details here.
The Vogel Award is given for the best paper by a clinician or researcher involved in pediatric SCI rehabilitation in the preceding calendar year. The Vogel Award honors Lawrence C. Vogel, M.D., a recognized world expert on SCI in children. For the past 30 years, Dr. Vogel has served as the Medical Director of the SCI Program at Shriners Hospitals for children in Chicago and is a past-president of ASIA.
Vogel Award details here.
Rules and Eligibility– Self nominations will not be accepted. Nominees do not have to be members of ASIA. The following individuals are not eligible for the Apple and Vogel Awards: ASIA President, President-Elect, Past President, Research and Awards Committee Chair and Vice Chair.
How to Apply- Submit nominations, along with a copy of the article being nominated, to Patty Duncan: email@example.com
Win a free Registration to ASIA’s 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting
“Bring us a Lead” Contest
Email a lead for an exhibitor to Dana Gibson, Director of Corporate and Educational Support at firstname.lastname@example.org The lead must include the company name and a company contact with name, title, email, and phone number. The company must sign up to exhibit at the 2017 meeting in order for your name to be entered into the drawing.All leads for the contest are due by February 1, 2017. Email to email@example.com
Autonomic Standards Survey:
Survey closes on January 30, 2017
The Autonomic Standards are being revised. In order to make the revision most beneficial to you, we would like you to complete a brief questionnaire regarding your use of the current version of the autonomic standards. Please click on the link below to complete the survey by January 30, 2017 so that your views can be incorporated in the revised autonomic standards.
Begin the survey here
NIH Summer Research Program
*Deadline to submit completed application is: 5:00pm on February 6, 2017
The objective of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis NIH Neurotrauma Summer Research Experience is to expand and diversify the next generation of scientists in the clinically relevant yet underrepresented field of Neurotrauma. Students involved in the proposed program will not only be exposed practically and theoretically to scientific research, but will also participate in cutting edge, NIH-funded projects that could have significant impact on the field of Neurotrauma and the US healthcare system.
Schedule and Stipend: Students will be expected to work full-time (40hrs per week) beginning May 22 thru July 28, 2017. Compensation is based on funding provided to the program.
Applicants: All applicants must be considered an “Undergraduate” student by May 22, 2017 and be a U.S. Citizen or resident alien status with a current green card.
*Students will be notified of the panel’s decision no later than March 31, 2017
For additional information, please contact Maria Chagoyen at 305-243-7108
“Neurological Aspects of Spinal Cord Injury”
This new book aims to cover (for the first time) all of the neurological aspects relevant to the diagnosis and treatment of spinal cord disease. The book is suited for trainees and practicing clinicians including neurologists, spine surgeons, rehabilitation specialists, neuroradiologists, and occupational/physical therapists as well as neuroscientists involved in research into spinal cord disease
Celebrate SCI day Around the World! September 5
The International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS), on the recommendation of its Prevention Committee, has decided to observe ‘Spinal Cord Injury Day’ on September 5th every year with the goal to increase spinal cord injury (SCI) awareness amongst the general public. Spinal Cord Injury Day is an opportunity for us all to make positive changes in the lives of people with SCI, their families and improve prevention programs of SCI around the world. Read here for a list of suggested activities your institution can participate in to celebrate SCI Day.
Neilsen Foundation Allied Health Professional Research Award of ASIA
Applications will be accepted August 1, 2016 – September 9, 2016
The Neilsen Foundation Allied Health Professional Research Award of ASIA is a one year award of $25,000 to a clinician at the Master’s or Clinical Doctorate level. The purpose of the award is to encourage clinicians in the field of SCI to incorporate an element of research into their professional practice. The recipient will be selected by the ASIA Research and Awards Committee and will receive his/her award in person at the ASIA Annual Meeting. The recipient will be asked to present their work at a future ASIA meeting. Click here for additional information.
Lifetime Achievement Award- Call for Nominations
The Research and Awards Committee invites you to nominate a colleague for the ASIA Lifetime Achievement Award. Established in 1987, this award is presented by ASIA to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the world of spinal cord injury care. Criteria includes career dedication, peer recognition, professional competence, and recognized achievement. Each recipient is chosen from a slate of candidates submitted by members to the Awards Committee. Please send your letter of nomination along with the nominee’s CV to Patty@asia-spinalinjury.org no later than July 15, 2016.
Call for ASIA Board Nominations 2016
The American Spinal Injury Association’s Nominating Committee is pleased to invite members to submit nominations for candidates to serve on the ASIA Society Board of Directors. Nominations are being accepted now through July 25, 2016. This year, there will be one vacancy on the board.
All ASIA members may submit the name of a member in good standing or you may submit your own name.
Submissions should be sent by midnight July 25, 2016
to ASIA’s association manager, Carolyn Moffatt at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to be considered for the position or would like to nominate someone, please submit the name and person’s CV to Carolyn Moffatt by the deadline.
Potential nominees will be contacted to confirm their willingness and availability to serve.
Further information can be obtained by contacting Carolyn or ASIA’s Executive Director Patty Duncan at Patty@asia-spinalinjury.org
Department of Defense Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP)
FY16 Funding Programs and Opportunities Announced
Check the SCIRP website for program information and application deadlines.
Apply for USBJI Career Development and Grant Mentoring Program
This program is open to promising junior faculty, senior fellows or post-doctoral researchers nominated by their department or division chairs. It is also open to senior fellows or residents that are doing research and have a faculty appointment in place or confirmed. Basic and clinical investigators, without or with training awards (including K awards) are invited to apply.
Deadline to apply: July 15, 2016
Visit http://www.usbji.org/programs/yii/call-for-applications for details.
Call for Proposals- 17th Annual Symposium on Neural Regeneration
Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California
November 28 – December 2, 2017
Deadline: October 10, 2016
Visit http://theisnr.org/ for more information.
NPSG- Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)
The collaborative efforts between ASIA, ASCIP, and United Spinal have paid off!
Last January, representatives from all three organizations attended a phone conference with the Joint Commission concerning their National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) regarding Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI). The planned revisions for this NPSG have been released, and they contain verbiage suggesting that special consideration be given to patients with SCI and neurogenic bladder. The Prepublication Standards can be downloaded at:
SCAVENGER HUNT KICKS OFF IN PHILADELPHIA!
Get street smart for safety. Please join ASIA’s Injury Prevention and Advocacy committees in a yearlong project to explore how you can improve safety and accessibility in your community. Our goal is to empower ASIA members to recognize potential dangers and obstacles on roads and intersections and teach you how to advocate for safer options, improved accessibility, removal of barriers, and to identify related resources.
We are organizing a scavenger hunt where ASIA members can identify and document potential road and intersection dangers in your own communities, as well as in the geographic area of the 2016 and 2017 ASIA annual meetings. The scavenger hunt will kick off during the upcoming meeting in Philadelphia, PA and we need YOU to get those smart phones out! We will be collecting photographs of the dangers you find and will award a prize for the “most dangerous intersection or road” photograph sent during the meeting.
Common dangers to look for while out and about in the City of Brotherly Love.
- Crosswalks that are not easily visible to drivers, e.g., faded or thin lines
- Poorly lit intersections / crosswalks at night
- Sidewalks with no curb cuts at intersections or curb cuts that are at a dangerous angle (could cause a wheelchair to tip easily)
- Intersections with extremely short signal times, not enough time for a slower pedestrian or someone in a wheelchair to cross safely.
We will then take this mission to YOUR streets and continue this project until January 2017. This yearlong campaign will culminate in a session at the 2017 meeting in Albuquerque, NM where we will discuss the problems, potential solutions, and give you resources for how to advocate for change.
To get started, send your photos to email@example.com
File requirements are as follows:
- File size- 5 MB. Photos will be blocked by the server if too large
- File type. Accepted image types are tiff, png, and jpg
- All submission emails MUST include the name of the submitter with contact information (email address and phone number)
Board Member in the News!
Work from the lab of Dr. Andrei Krassioukov is featured on the cover of the latest issue of the Journal of Physiology! The article was selected as Editor’s Choice for the issue.
Rigid and remodeled: Cerebrovascular structure
and function after experimental high-thoracic
spinal cord transection
Phillips AA, Matin N, Frias B, Zheng MM, Jai M, West C, Dorrance AM, Laher I, Krassioukov AV. J Physiol. 2015 Dec 4. doi: 10.1113/JP270925.
New England Spinal Cord Injury Toolkit
Developed under the guidance of Gaylord Hospital staff, the New England Spinal Cord Injury Toolkit (NESCIT) is a collaborative effort between facilities providing spinal cord injury rehabilitation in New England. This collaboration ensures patients can receive the same coordinated standard of care wherever they receive rehabilitation.
The NESCIT initiative has the potential to significantly impact patient care in areas such as Autonomic Dysreflexia, Skin Care, Bladder Management, Neurogenic Bowels, Sexual Health and Fertility, and Spasticity. The intention was to create a resource for building capacity at facilities that may not treat patients with SCI often enough to have developed expertise. The NESCIT aims to improve functional outcomes while decreasing the frequency of complications associated with paralysis, especially for vulnerable groups discharged to long-term care facilities or home with visiting nursing services. NESCIT can be of use to professionals looking for a refresher on a topic, people that are newly injured, have a chronic injury and caregivers across the continuum of care.
Each topic begins with a standard of care that encompasses the goal of the topic, which disciplines should be involved in the delivery of the care, the process for sharing the information and the most relevant resources for the topic. Resources are offered that are appropriate, easily accessed and user friendly. You can access NESCIT from this link: www.gaylord.org/Our-Programs/Spinal-Cord/Spinal-Cord-Injury-Model-System/Spinal-Cord-Injury-Toolkit. Please refrain from printing it more than necessary. The resources and links are routinely checked to ensure the most current information is listed.
This project was funded as a National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Grant #H133N110019, #H133N120002, and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research Administration for Community Living Grant #90SI5013.
Strengthening Connections between ASIA and SCOPE
We would like to update you about successful discussion between ASIA and SCOPE that resulted in an agreement for future collaborations. ASIA values SCOPE as an important part of our organization and recognizes its unique ability to bring in partnership with industry, academia and practice that strategically constructed to advance the field of SCI medicine and rehabilitation. ASIA acknowledges the strength and possibilities of such collaboration and we support SCOPE to maintain its distinct identity that is highly valued by ASIA members. We look forward to many years of productive collaboration.
Electronic Communications Committee
We are excited to announce the formation of a brand new committee! Seeking members (especially younger members) with ideas regarding how we can change / add to our current electronic communications, INCLUDING (but not limited to), adding a linked in page, twitter feed, facebook, updating/changing the website, apps, and anything else this great group conceives to assist us in the constantly changing modern era of communication.
ASIA Program Committee Seeking New Members
If interested, please contact Patty Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 404-350-7591 for more information.
Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair (NNR) Journal Electronic Access for Members
ASIA is pleased to announce that, as a benefit of ASIA membership, members now have electronic access to the NNR Journal in the Members Only section of the ASIA website. Log in with your member ID and select “NNR Journal” from the member menu.
The Board is proud to announce that we have formed two new committees:
Electronic Communication Committee – Laura Krisa, PhD, Chair
This committee will recommend and implement methods of communication that are responsive to membership. The committee will also be responsible for enhancing our website, establishing webinars and using social media for interaction and to increase visibility of ASIA.
Ad Hoc Society Alliance Committee – Randel Betz, MD, Chair, James Harrop, Vice Chair
This committee will work with AAOS to examine and sustain ASIA’s designation as an AAOS Specialty Society. The committee will also explore opportunities for to develop relationships with other organizations including the AAOS, AANS, and CNS.
If you are interested in joining any of ASIA’s committees please contact the ASIA office at
From the Advocacy Committee: Implementation of a CMS measure to reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs) has led to early Foley removal in SCI patients in acute care hospitals. Physicians and nursing staff at these facilities often do not have sufficient expertise to safely carry out an intermittent catheterization protocol, and we are seeing anecdotal reports of adverse events (dysreflexia, renal failure) as a result.
The National Quality Forum is open for feedback on the CAUTI measure. If you would like to leave a comment, visit: http://www.qualityforum.org/Patient_Safety_2015.aspx. Click the “3 Sep COMMENT” link, and then comment on measure #0138. This must be done on or before September 3. If you have a case report of an adverse outcome related to early catheter re-moval, please feel free to share it with the Advocacy Committee, as we are collecting a list of adverse outcomes. Cases can be emailed to email@example.com.
From the Prevention Committe: Bicycling is becoming increasingly popular as a sport and a commute option…read article
ASIA Committee Reports Online
ASIA Committees met at the 2015 ASIA ISCoS combined meeting in May to present their reports for the year. Reports and minutes can be read under “Committee Reports” in the ASIA website “Members Only” section by logging in with your member login.
SPR Yields the Framework for a 3-5 Year Plan for ASIA
The ASIA BOD, with the assistance of a group of guests invited from the general membership, met in Rosemont, IL on March 21-22, 2015 for a strategic planning retreat that will chart the course for ASIA over the next 3-5 years. Working with facilitator Cate Bower, the group tackled a number of difficult issues affecting ASIA and many other not for profit organizations, with the goal of outlining a plan of action that will permit ASIA not only to grow, but to thrive in the future. Integrity, honesty, and enthusiasm were the watchwords as the group moved through a variety of exercises aimed at arriving at a distilled list of initiatives. These include the following outcome focused goals:
Education: ASIA will be a global leader in evidence-based education of SCI professionals and consumers, leading to acknowledged standards of care. Special emphasis will be placed on recruitment and retention of early career professionals as members, and on educational efforts directed to their specific professional needs.
Accountable Authority: ASIA will utilize its members’ expertise and resources to define evidence-based standards of care and identify future directions of SCI care.
Innovation and Research: ASIA will be the leader in SCI innovation, a comprehensive source of information about current knowledge, and the facilitator of the field’s collaborative efforts for people affected by SCI. ASIA will foster research activities by joining with foundations and corporate Partners to recognize excellence, and by offering research content at its annual scientific meeting.
Collaboration: ASIA will establish and leverage strategic collaborations to advance clinical care, education, and research in SCI.
Organizational Excellence: ASIA be a sustainable, transparent, and inclusive organization that operates in ways that are responsive to members and stakeholders. It will provide a mechanism for dialogue among its members and other interested parties, and will put special emphasis on the development of dynamic, multifaceted, inclusive future leaders.
Combined Meeting With ISCOS a Success In Montreal
Nearly 900 attendees participated in the events surrounding the fourth combined meeting of ASIA and ISCoS held at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec from May 14-16. International representatives and Americans convened for three days of scientific presentations as well as small workshops, round table discussions, and general fellowship. The organizing committee, headed by ASIA Board members John Steeves, Ph.D. of Vancouver, and Susie Charlifue, Ph.D. of Denver, and ably led by local host Serge Rossignol, M.D., Ph.D. worked tirelessly on the scientific program and many of the logistical details. French-Canadian hospitality was in evidence throughout as the city welcomed its visitors. The hotel was superbly suited for the event, and initial evaluations of the conference were uniformly positive. Additional details on the meeting will be featured in the July eBulletin, when more details are available.
New Committee Chairs Named–Retiring Chairs Receive Praise for Many Achievements
As of the 2015 ASIA/ISCOS meeting in May, the following committees have new chairs: Advocacy (Health Policy Advocacy Committee): Dr. Matthew Davis Directors’ Nominating: Dr. Michael Haak International Standards: Dr. William Waring Journal: Dr. John Steeves Membership: Dr. Maureen Miner Research and Awards: Dr. Mark Nash. ASIA extends sincere thanks to the retiring chairs of these committees: Advocacy: Dr. Dirk Alander Directors’ Nominating: Dr. Lawrence Vogel International Standards: Dr. Steven Kirshblum Journal: Dr. Debbie Backus Membership: Dr. Greg Nemunaitis Research and Awards: Dr. Anthony DiMarco.
Michael Boninger, M.D. Gives Sell Lecture; P. Hunter Peckham, Ph.D. Receives Lifetime Achievement Award; Edelle Field-Fote, P.T., Ph.D., FAPTA Presents ASIA Lecture
Michael Boninger, M.D. of the University of Pittsburgh presented the G. Heiner Sell Memorial Lectureship at the Montreal meeting. The lectureship has been given annually since 1982, and is named for Dr. Sell, who died in 1981 when he was President-Elect of ASIA. Dr. Boninger’s topic was: ”The Future of Neural Prosthetics in SCI.” P. Hunter Peckham, Ph.D. of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH received the 2015 ASIA Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Peckham has distinguished himself through a career of research and clinical impact of functional electrical stimulation and its application to individuals with spinal cord injury. Edelle Field-Fote, P.T., Ph.D., FAPTA presented a special ASIA lecture at the combined meeting. Director of SCI Research at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Dr. Field-Fote’s topic was: “Neuroscience at the Nexus of the Lab and Clinic: Using Stimulation and Practice to Drive Adaptive Neural Plasticity.”
Apple Award Presented
The 2015 Apple Award was awarded to Meegan G. Van Straaten, PT, MSPH, of the Motion Analysis Laboratory, Division of Orthopedic Research, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Her article, which appeared in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is entitled: “Effectiveness of Home Exercise on Pain, Function, and Strength of Manual Wheelchair Users with Spinal Cord Injury: A High-Dose Shoulder Program with Telerehabilitation.” Her co-authors are: Beth A. Cloud, DPT; Melissa M. Morrow, PhD; Paula M. Ludewig, PhD, PT; and Kristin D. Zhao, PhD.
This is the ninth year ASIA has presented The Apple Award for excellence in publishing in the spinal cord injury rehabilitation literature. This award is named in honor of David F. Apple, Jr., MD, founding member and past-president of ASIA.
Vogel Award Presented for First Time
For the first time, the Vogel Award for excellence in publishing in the pediatric rehabilitation literature was awarded. Sponsored by the Pediatric Committee, the inaugural award was presented to Feng Tian for “Tracking Functional Status Across the Spinal Cord Injury Lifespan: Linking Pediatric and Adult Patient- Reported Outcome Scores.” This article also appeared in “Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.” Co-authors are: P.Ni; M.J. Mulcahey; R. Hambleton; D. Tulsky, S. Haley, and A. Jette. The award honors Lawrence C. Vogel, M.D., a recognized world expert on SCI in children. For the past 30 years, Dr. Vogel has served as the Medical Director of the SCI Program at Shriners Hospitals for children in Chicago. He is a past-president of ASIA.
ASIA Officers Move Up
During the Montreal meeting, ASIA President Michael H. Haak, M.D. of Danville, PA, ended his two year term, and moved to the position of Past-President. In his remarks at the annual membership meeting, he thanked those whose assistance helped him to successfully navigate the course of ASIA during his 2013-2015 tenure. MJ Mulcahey, Ph.D. of Philadelphia, succeeded him as President; Keith Tansey, M.D., Ph.D. of Atlanta,is now President-Elect; and rounding out the ASIA Executive Committee, Andrei Krassioukov, M.D., Ph.D. of Vancouver, BC, moved to the position of Secretary-Treasurer. Dirk Alander, M.D. of St. Louis and Greg Nemunaitis, M.D. of Cleveland have joined the Board. Two members retired from their Board service in Montreal: Lawrence Vogel, M.D. of Chicago as Past-President; and John Steeves, Ph.D. of Vancouver.
Two New Directors Named
Two new directors have jointed the ASIA board. They are: Greg Nemunaitis, M.D.,and Dirk Alander, M.D. Dr. Nemunaitis is Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship and of Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine/MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. He is a board certified physiatrist with subspecialty certification in SCI Medicine and has more than 25 years of experience in the field. Dr. Nemunaitis served as Chairman of the ASIA Membership Committee. Dr. Alander is a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO, with which he has been associated since 2003. He holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in SCI Medicine from the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is currently President of the Missouri State Orthopaedic Association and immediate Past-President of the St. Louis Orthopedic Society. Dr. Alander served as Chairman of the ASIA Health Policy Advocacy Committee.
SCOPE Clinical Trials Tables
The SCOPE CLINICAL TRIALS TABLES are updated on a quarterly basis on both the ASIA and SCOPE websites. SCOPE provides this information as a service to the field. The tables contain ongoing clinical trials in SCI that may be of interest to ASIA members and other clinicians and researchers in SCI medicine. There are two tables: Current SCI Clinical Trials of Drug, Cell, and Surgical Interventions, and Current SCI Clinical Trials of Rehabilitation and Technological Interventions. Go to the ASIA website or the SCOPE website (www.scope-sci.org) for the complete tables. SCOPE is grateful to Daniel P. Lammertse, M.D. for his ongoing commitment to the revision of these tables.
eLearning Center News–Neilsen Foundation Makes $55,000 Award; RHI Commits $10,000
The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has made an award to ASIA in the amount of $55,000 for upgrades and enhancements of the eLearning Center InSTeP and WeeSTeP modules. Work should be completed in 2015. In addition to technical enhancements, the modules will become usable on hand held devices via an app. Stay tuned for more details. The Neilsen Foundation was a founding partner in the endowment that supports the eLearning Center, and ASIA is very grateful for its ongoing generosity. Rick Hansen Institute, also a founding partner in the eLearning endowment, has also committed to the eLearning Center upgrade project, in the amount of $10,000. RHI has been an ASIA partner for many years, and its support of ASIA initiatives has made a significant difference in many areas. ASIA sincerely thanks RHI for its support.
The International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) offers international Observerships as an educational initiative. They are designed to provide an exchange of knowledge and training by providing talented medical and paramedical professionals an opportunity to observe established practices in the area of comprehensive spinal cord injury management. For additional information, go to www.iscos.org.