Responsible for overseeing the development of any new standards documents related to SCI. Responsible for continuous review and improvement of the existing ASIA documents on neurological and autonomic standards. Responsible for the development of the online training program for ASIA standards. Responsible for the development and oversight of the International Data Sets project.
International Data Sets
Members of the Executive Committee of the International SCI Standards and Data Sets committees (ECSCI) has worked with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Common Data Element (CDE) Project to integrate the International SCI Data Sets with the other NINDS CDE resources. This effort has included the development of standard variable names for the data elements in the International SCI Data Sets and suggested database structures (i.e., relational data tables for the data sets). These recommended variable names and database structures are intended for free use by clinicians and researchers, so that they can more easily share and combine clinical/research data.
The International Data Sets are available, organized by working group, at the NINDS Common Data Elements website, on the Data Standards tab.
May, 2019 – International Standards for Neurological Classification
of Spinal Cord Injury (ISNCSCI) (Update Released)
The 2019 revision of the International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury (ISNCSCI) was released at ASIA’s 2019 SCI Summit in Honolulu. This revision introduces two new concepts: 1) a new taxonomy for documentation of non-SCI related impairments such as peripheral nerve lesions or pain, and defines classification rules in the presence of such non-SCI conditions; and 2) the definition of the Zone of Partial Preservation has been changed and now can be used in some cases of incomplete injuries (ASIA Impairment Scale (AIS) grades B, C, and D) with absent motor function or sensory function in the most caudal sacral segments. Read more about the 2019 revisions.
The 2019 International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury (ISNCSCI) booklet can be purchased here in the ASIA online store.
Chair: Ruediger Rupp, PhD
Heidelberg University Hospital
Spinal Cord Injury Center
Vice Chair: Daniel Graves, PhD
Rehab Institute, University of Louisville
Board Liaison: Steven Kirshblum, MD
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
- Randal R. Betz, MD
Institute for Spine and Scoliosis — Ocean City, NJ
- Fin Biering-Sorensen, MD, PhD
Clinic for Spinal Cord Injuries — Hornbaek, Denmark
- Stephen P. Burns, MD
VA Puget Sound Health Care System — Seattle, WA
- William Donovan, MD
TIRR/ Univ. of Texas — Montgomery, TX
- Linda Jones, PT
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation — Boulder, CO
- Andrei Krassioukov, MD, PhD, FRCPC
International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries — Vancouver, BC Canada
- MJ Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L
Thomas Jefferson University — Philadelphia, PA
- Gianna M. Rodriguez, MD
Univ. of Michigan Health Systems — Ann Arbor, MI
- Mary Schmidt Read, PT, DPT, MS
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital — Philadelphia, PA
- Christian Schuld, PhD Candidate
Schlierbacher Landstrabe 200a — Heidelberg, Germany
- Keith E. Tansey, MD, PhD, FASNR
Methodist Rehab/UMMC/Jackson VA — Jackson, MS
- Kristen Walden, PT
Rick Hansen Institute – Vancouver Coastal Health — Vancouver, BC Canada