THANK YOU to the Fraternal Order of Eagles for their generous gift!

Below is the FOE National Convention check presentation to the University of Michigan. Pictured is the entertainment of the night Andy Childs and “It is what it was, the Music of Elvis”, along with Grand Worthy President Elwin “Bud” Haigh and Grand Madam President Helen “Penny” Skinner.

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, Dr. Paul Park gave a lecture titled "Potential Treatment Options for Acute to Chronic Cervical Spinal Cord Injury"                                              
Click the link below to watch the lecture.

On May 31, 2016, StemCells, Inc. announced the termination of the Phase II Pathway Study in spinal cord injury.  This is a study in which the University of Michigan has participated as a study site.  An interim analysis showed overall patient improvement but the magnitude of the effect was perceived by the company to not justify the study’s continuation.  In addition, the pace of improvement slowed significant between six and twelve months after the stem cell implant surgery. 
It is important to note that the initial phase of the study did not demonstrate any safety concerns and that safety did not factor into the decision to discontinue the study. 

Congratulations Dr. Kalpakjian!
Dr. Claire Kalpakjian has been appointed to Director of Research.  In this role she will focus efforts on operations, engagement of resources, identifying critical problems and designing solutions for infrastructure and resource allocation.

Dr. Kalpakjian has also been awarded a 5 year R01, entitled "Women's Health & Disabiltiy:  /Building a Clinically Relevant Outcome Measure".  This project will be lead by U of M and collaborate with Boston University, Kessler Foundation, New York University, University of Washington and the University of Delaware.  This project will build a clinically relevant outcome measure focused on the gynecoogical and reproductive health related quality of life of women with physical disabilities. 

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

The Medical Center had a kickoff retreat for the Diversity, Equality, Inclusion Strategic Planning program.  There were several stories told from medical center employees and trainees, but the hit of the day was this video starring our own Rebecca Parten and Claire Kalpakjian.  Check out the video here

Fraternal Order of Eagles Donates to SCIMS

The University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model System program wishes to thank the Fraternal Order of the Eagles for their continued support. The funds will be used to support our studies on complications after SCI and more specifically to help us reach out to persons with SCI in the State of Michigan who may be facing these problems.

For more information about the great relationship between the FOE and the University of Michigan, check out this YouTube video.

UM SCIMS is Now Using Social Media!

UM SCIMS worked with Rebecca Parten, LLMSW,  to create new social media pages to help people with spinal cord injuries, their friends, families and caregivers, and the general public to connect with University of Michigan SCI Research and each other. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Spinal Cord Support Group at MedRehab: Life goes on and so do we

Join the Spinal Cord Support Group for education and socialization with a relaxed, mutually supportive group of people who are living with spinal cord impairments.

The group meets at MedRehab.  Participants have so far included people with spinal cord injuries, M.S., transverse myelitis, or spinal stenosis. Discussions have addressed adapting and continuing important activities, hiring and training caregivers, and communicating with healthcare providers.

For more information, call: Maggie Travin 734-998-8096,

MedRehab is located at 355 Briarwood Circle, Building #4.

The ReWalkTM exoskeleton is available at The University of Michigan MedRehab-Briarwood!

The ReWalkTM exoskeleton allows an ambulation and rehabilitation alternative to wheelchair users, enabling people with lower limb disabilities, such as paraplegia, to stand, to walk, and to climb stairs.  The training program is an eight to twelve week program that includes sessions three times per week. In addition to focusing on gait, the goals of therapy during ReWalkTM training focus on improving dynamic standing balance and reaching, improving bowel and bladder function, and improving blood pressure control.  A screening evaluation is required in order to qualify for a ReWalkTM trial. If you are interested in pursuing ReWalkTM  training, please contact MedRehab-Briarwood at (734) 998-7888.

2015 Best Doctors in America List

As further proof of the University of Michigan Health System's reputation for outstanding patient care, nearly 500 of U-M's physicians have been named by their peers to the 2014 Best Doctors in America List. Two of those physicians being UM SCIMS physicians, Dr. Anthony Chiodo and Dr. Gianna Rodriguez.  The new national list includes 493 U-M physicians - and places them among the best 5 percent of doctors in their specialties. UMHS has more physicians recognized than any other health system in Michigan. The list is compiled every year by Boston-based Best Doctors, Inc., and based on an in-depth survey, of more than 53,000 U.S. physicians in 40 specialties and more than 400 subspecialties of medicine. For the complete list of UM physicians that made the list click here


Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Meade, Seth Warschausky, PhD, ABRP, Charles Merbitz, PhD, Edmund Durfee, Ph.D., Mark W. Newman, Ph.D. and Mark Ackerman, Ph.D., and Karen B. Farris, Ph.D. on their multidisciplinary grant award. The Technology Increasing Knowledge: Technology Optimizing Choice Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center (TIKTOC RERC) is an interdisciplinary collaboration of clinicians and researchers from the School of Medicine, the College of Engineering, the College of Pharmacy, and the School of Information within the University of Michigan. The over-arching aim of the TIKTOC-RERC is to develop and evaluate innovative Rehabilitation Strategies, Techniques and Interventions that can be incorporated into healthcare practice and the lives of individuals with disabilities in order to enhance health, participation, and employment outcomes.

Adolescents and young adults face many challenges when transitioning from childhood to adulthood. For those with disabilities, these challenges can be magnified and too often result in adversity, including an increase in health problems, social isolation, and continued financial dependence. With regard to managing their health and disability, adolescents are attempting to make the transition from parental management of health to self-management and independence. Making this transition can be challenging both because they lack knowledge and skills to anticipate and avoid secondary health complications, and because they may have impairments in cognition, including executive dysfunction, that may also make it difficult to complete the tasks required of them. Technology offers new opportunities to develop and implement strategies and interventions to address both of these kinds of challenges by supporting and reinforcing healthful behaviors.

The Menopause Tranisiton in Women with Traumatic Brain Injury

Claire Z. Kalpakjian, PhD, MS and colleagues Robin Hanks, PhD and Lisa Rapport, PhD at Wayne State University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan were awarded a 3 year Field Initiated Grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, US Department of Education, to study menopause in women with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. The project will research the experience of menopause symptoms (vasomotor, somatic, psychological and cognitive) in women with TBI and the influence of injury, demographic and socio-economic factors. This objective research rests on the premise that due to the direct and indirect effects of TBI on health and functioning, the experience of symptoms with the menopause transition will be exacerbated compared to their peers without TBI. This work will result in five deliverables that will advance and support women's health research in rehabilitation, not only for women with TBI, but with other disabilities resulting from illness or injury.

The Comprehensive Wound Care Clinic at the University of Michigan is a multidisciplinary hub for patients who have outpatient wound management and treatment needs. By bringing together specialist providers from all aspects of wound care into one location, you can conveniently receive the best therapy options for wound healing.




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