Congratulations to John Steeves, PhD
ASIA 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Established in 1987, the ASIA Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who 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. The committee forwards its recommendation to the ASIA Board for final approval.
Perhaps more significantly, he is the founder of ICORD (International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries). Dr. Steeves was Director for the first fifteen years (1995-2010). ICORD has over 200 researchers led by over 30 faculty members investigating various aspects of spinal cord injury (SCI) from preclinical discovery, through acute clinical trials and best rehabilitation practices, to community integration and ongoing care of medical and social challenges. ICORD resides in a $50 million purpose-built building, The Blusson Spinal Cord Centre at (VGH), which opened in 2008. With ICORD members, Dr. Steeves guided the building applications, design and construction.
Dr. Steeves brings more than 40 years of experience in SCI and neuroscience. He is or has been an executive member or chair of many national and international committees and organizations concerned with SCI, including ASIA and ISCoS. He also founded and is currently the co-chair of SCOPE (Spinal Cord Outcomes Partnership Endeavor), which is the international industry-academic-foundation roundtable for improving SCI clinical trial protocols, under the ASIA umbrella. He has an extensive list of over 150 publications, as well as a few patents. He founded and led a biotechnology company, and now serves as a clinical trial consultant to several pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Over the years, his basic science research characterized the neural pathways from the brainstem to the spinal cord and their roles in the initiation and modulation of movement in all vertebrates, including humans. He has made significant contributions to the identification of CNS myelin as one inhibitory influence on functional CNS repair. Over the past two decades, he has focused his activities on translational research and human studies, including the development of: activity-dependent rehabilitation of arm and hand function, neurological and electrophysiological outcome measures after human SCI, and more importantly the design of valid clinical trial protocols and clinically meaningful outcome measures.
Join us in April, 2019 at the SCI Summit where we will award Dr. Steeves the ASIA Lifetime Achievement Award. Conference details are here on the ASIA website.
|Past Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients|
|Mary Bartlett Bunge, PhD and Richard P. Bunge, MD||2018|
|Fin Biering-Sørensen, MD||2017|
|Lawrence C. Vogel, MD||2016|
|P. Hunter Peckham, PhD||2015|
|Michael J. DeVivo, DrPH||2014|
|Lesley M. Hudson, MA||2013|
|Daniel P. Lammertse, MD||2012|
|Charles H. Tator, MD, PhD||2011|
|Randal R. Betz, MD||2009|
|J. Darrell Shea, MD||2008|
|Robert L. Waters, MD
Gale G. Whiteneck, PhD
|Hans Frankel, MD||2006|
|William H. Donovan, MD||2005|
|Jerome M. Cotler, MD||2003|
|Kristjan T. Ragnarsson, MD||2002|
|Henry B. Betts, MD||2001|
|John F. Ditunno, Jr., MD||2000|
|Theodore M. Cole, MD||1999|
|Paul R. Meyer, Jr., MD||1998|
|David F. Apple, Jr., MD||1997|
|Alain Rossier, MD||1996|
|J. Paul Thomas||1994|
|Samuel L. Stover, MD||1993|
|Albin T. Jousse, MD||1992|
|R. Edward Carter, MD||1991|
|A. Estin Comarr, MD||1990|
|John M. Young, MD||1987|