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Description & Objectives PL2


Outcomes and Discussion of the SCI 2020 Decade of Disruption in SCI Research SCI


The goal of this Neurotrauma Session is to disseminate the outcomes from the ’SCI 2020: Launching a Decade for Disruption in Spinal Cord Injury Research’ conference (“SCI2020“) which is being hosted by NIH in February 2019. The SCI2020 conference is bringing together diverse stakeholders to discuss what the next decade of research priorities should be. The intention of the conference is to disrupt traditional barriers and status quo thinking, while encouraging collaborations that ask - and address - questions that can have meaningful impact for individuals with spinal cord injury. The meeting is organized around six sessions: 1) acute post-injury, 2) subacute repair and plasticity, 3) consumer community priorities, 4) chronic injury and neuromodulation, 5) secondary health effects, and 6) neural prosthetics/robotic interventions, as well as breakout sessions on available resources. The session Chairs’ panelists, and organizing committee are working before the meeting to identify key questions for each session that are based on a critical evaluation of the state of the science, including technological and community readiness. These questions will be used to engage with consumers, researchers, and funders about which research priorities will have the most meaningful outcomes for individuals with spinal cord injury. As follow-up from the conference, this session at Neurotrauma will allow for the Session Chairs to present the outcomes of the conference and continue the discussion with the research community so that 2020 launches an invigorated and collaborative decade for spinal cord injury research.


At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify the ‘key questions’ that need to be answered to accelerate research progress for the acute, subacute and chronic post-injury periods.
  2. Describe the recommended research priorities, and rationale for those recommendations.
  3. Consider ways to incorporate novel approaches, consumer priorities, and research opportunities currently available to address ongoing and future research studies.
  4. Identify the basic, translational, clinical, and community resources discussed during the session.