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What is Spinal Cord Injury?


Spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when the spinal cord becomes damaged, most commonly, when motor vehicle accidents, falls, acts of violence, and sporting accidents fracture vertebrae and crush the spinal cord.





 Resources for Care and Treatment

The Miami Project is not a patient care facility but a research facility that conducts studies aimed at improving treatments for paralysis caused by SCI.  If you are looking for an individualized medical evaluation or rehabilitation therapy, we encourage you to review our resource listing.



Resources for Living with Paralysis


A collection of online resources related to spinal cord injury and the SCI community. 


This section also includes information on assistive technology and services appropriate for people with various disabilities. 


Frequently Asked Questions

When will there be a cure? 


Why haven’t you tested cell transplants in a human yet? 








March- 2014

International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury
The International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury  is a new report created by collaboration between the World Health Organization, the International Spinal Cord Society, and Swiss Paraplegic Research.  The aims of the report were to:

• Bring together the best available information on SCI worldwide, particularly regarding epidemiology, services, interventions, and policies
• Reflect the lived experience of people with SCI across the life course and throughout the world
• Make evidence-based recommendations for action 

The main recommendations of the report are:
1. Improve health sector response to SCI
2. Empower people with SCI and their families
3. Challenge negative attitudes to people with SCI
4. Ensure that buildings, transport and information are accessible
5. Support employment and self-employment
6. Promote appropriate research and data collection








Important Opportunity To Provide Your Opinion On What Would Encourage Or Discourage You From Participating In SCI Clinical Trials


Dr. Anderson-Erisman is conducting a new survey that anyone over the age of 18 who is living with a spinal cord injury can participate in.  Very rarely are people with SCI asked for their input on factors involved in the design of clinical trials.  As a result, many people may end up qualifying for trials, but decide not to participate because they are overly complicated or very burdensome.  Here is your opportunity to provide direct input on what factors about clinical trials encourage or discourage you from participating.  The survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete.  We need input from many people so please feel free to share this message with your SCI friends and organizations.


Additional opportunity for you to provide your input on Factors Influencing Weight Management After SCI


Additional opportunity for you to provide your input on Pain After SCI










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