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  • Writer's picturePam King Sams

TIRR Memorial Hermann experts find COVID19 symptoms are different in spinal cord injury patients.

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About TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital's Spinal Cord Injury and Disability Research Center SCI ResearchThe mission of the Spinal Cord Injury and Disability Research Center (SCIDR) is to improve functional recovery, health and quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and other physical disabilities. SCIDR had been conducting research on SCI long before 1972, when it became among the first inpatient rehabilitation programs to be designated as a Model System of Care by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). SCIDR was the first to conduct 40-year follow-up interviews on those early research participants, and SCIDR continues to follow study participants over time at five-year intervals. SCIDR conducts investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored studies, including local studies, multicenter studies and clinical trials of individuals of all ages with SCI and physical disability. Research focuses on optimizing acute and chronic care for people with spinal cord injury, facilitating active community involvement and access to care, improving quality of life and reducing the risk of secondary complications and conditions such as depression, urinary tract infections, chronic pain and cardiovascular disease. Investigators at SCIDR have extensive experience developing and testing interventions to improve functioning, psychosocial health and quality of life across the lifespan. Research at SCIDR has been funded by NIDRR, the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Defense, the Craig Neilsen Foundation and the Christopher and Diana Reeve Foundation. While most SCIDR research addresses the needs of both men and women, SCIDR is unique among rehabilitation research centers in its focus on women and children with SCI and other physical disabilities. Heather Taylor, Ph.D., is chair of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine SCI-ISIG Women’s Health Task Force and Susan Robinson-Whelen, Ph.D., Lisa Wenzel, M.D., and Margaret Nosek, Ph.D., serve as Task Force members. To learn more, visit

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