As Michigan Spinal Cord Injury System (MSCIS), we focus on the full range of needs of people with spinal cord injuries by providing all levels of care, and by conducting innovative research and education.

U-M MSCIS operates within the University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, part of the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers ranked one of the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2015-2016.

Our Objectives

  • To conduct both site-specific and collaborative research studies about spinal cord injury (SCI) and distribute the findings from this research through publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations.
  • To provide information about the findings of important new research conducted elsewhere through our SCI Lecture Series.
  • To be involved in a continuum of comprehensive clinical services, beginning immediately after injury, proceeding through inpatient care, and continuing after discharge from the hospital through the Department's outpatient clinics and various support services. We help develop, deliver and evaluate innovative service programs to address the physical and psychosocial needs of people with SCI that are frequently unmet through traditional rehabilitation.
  • To engage in outreach activities that promote full community participation. We do this through our partnership with community agencies.
  • To provide information regarding living effectively with SCI to our patients, their family members, and other interested parties through our SCI Access newsletter, social media including Facebook and Twitter as well as consumer-oriented lectures.


Spinal Cord Injury Program