October, 2016 – The International Spinal Cord Injury Core Data Set (version 2.0) is up for review. Please send all comments and suggestions to the chairs of the committee Michael Devivo email@example.com and Fin Biering-Sørensen Fin.Biering-Soerensen@regionh.dk by November 30, 2016.
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 and is a past-president of ASIA.The Vogel Award is given for the best paper by a clinician or researcher involved in pediatric SCI rehabilitation in the preceding calendar year. Self-nominations for the award are not accepted. Nominees do not have to be members of ASIA. The ASIA Research and Awards Committee reviews all nominations and selects the recipient. The award includes a cash prize and engraved plaque. Submit nominations, along with a copy of the article being nominated, to: Patty Duncan. The deadline for nominations is November 5, 2016 at 11:59:59 EST.
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.
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.
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:
After years of decline, pedestrian deaths are on the rise again with 4,735 fatalities in 2013 (NHTSA). Researchers estimate that since 2005, the number of injuries attributed to distracted walking, specifically texting, has doubled to more than 1500 serious injuries among pedestrians. Often referred to as ‘pedtextrians’, this growing population is cause for concern, but not the only issue when it comes to pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
A study conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide reported that out of the 1,000 13-18 year olds surveyed – 40% reported being hit or almost struck by vehicle operators. 47% of those that reported being hit or almost struck stated that they were listening to music while crossing the street. There is very little research on the use of headphones while walking, and most of us do it- especially when running or jogging in our own neighborhoods. Researchers emphasize the dangers of cognitive, manual and visual distractions while driving, but it seems as though the same principals need to apply while walking- especially when crossing the street with your headphones on.
Abkowitz, A. (2014). For Teens, Texting While Walking Is Also Dangerous. Bloomberg.Com, 3.
Nasar, J. L., & Troyer, D. (2013). Pedestrian injuries due to mobile phone use in public places. Accident Analysis And Prevention, 5791-95. doi:10.1016/j.aap.2013.03.021
Schwebel, D. C., Stavrinos, D., Byington, K. W., Davis, T., O’Neal, E. E., & de Jong, D. (2012). Distraction and pedestrian safety: How talking on the phone, texting, and listening to music impact crossing the street. Accident Analysis And Prevention, 45266-271. doi:10.1016/j.aap.2011.07.011
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Kicked off in Philadelphia
Thank you everyone who participated in the kickoff of ASIA’s Injury Prevention and Advocacy committees yearlong Scavenger Hunt.
We asked ASIA 2016 conference attendees to explore safety and accessibility on the streets of Philadelphia. Several photos were collected on smart phones and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katie Young was announced as the winner and awarded a GoPro on the final day of the meeting.
The Scavenger Hunt in Philadelphia kicked off a yearlong campaign to help ASIA members recognize potential dangers and obstacles on roads and intersections. The goal is promote advocacy for safer options, improved accessibility, removal of barriers, and to identify related resources.
Take this mission to your area by identifying and photographing common dangers outside.
Send us your photos!
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)
This yearlong campaign will culminate in a session at the 2017 meeting in Albuquerque, NM
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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.