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Longevity After Injury Project

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Grand Rounds
On Tuesday, November18th , Dr. Yue Cao, Assistant Professor of the Department of Health Sciences and Research, Medical University of South Carolina, will present on “Subjective and Objective Environmental Factors' Influence and Spinal Cord Injury." Click to view the --flyer--

On Thursday, November 6th, our team will be participating in an Open House Celebration. This celebration will showcase our work and accomplishments, along with the work of several other researchers at MUSC.

If you would like more information about this event, please send an e-mail to:

On Thursday, November20th , Dr. Lee Saunders, Research Assistant Professor of the College of Health Professions, Medical University of South Carolina, will present on “Healthcare Access and Utilization after Spinal Cord Injury."

Focus Group-GEORGIA

On September 18, 2014, Dr. Michelle Meade from University of Michigan, along with our Stakeholder Specialist, Richard Aust, facilitated 2 focus group meetings at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta Ga. Each meeting provided a different group of people with Multiple Sclerosis (college educated with white collar jobs, high school/Technical educated with blue collar jobs and minorities with white and blue collar jobs) with an opportunity to discuss and share their employment experiences after MS. The majority of agenda of the focus groups consisted of questions designed to elicit information about the personal, environmental, and policy related factors that influenced job retention, satisfaction, and longevity after their MS diagnosis. To read more view our --blog--.
Student Achievements
Watch our PhD student, Nicole DiPiro, talk about her manuscript published online by Spinal Cord. Nicole’s manuscript investigated  how pain (intensity and interference) and fatigue mediate the relationship between the use of mobility aids and moderate-to-severe depressive symptomatology among ambulatory participants with SCI. Please visit our "Videos for Professionals" webpage under Media to view the clip. To read the manuscript, please click on --Article--
Summer Student Program
Our Summer Student Program ended last July.  Taylor Hutt, 2014 summer student intern, explained to us her research project and her experience in working with our team.  Please visit our "Videos for Students" webpage under Media to view the clip.

Fact Sheet
Our Health Outcome Research for Underserved People with SCI Project has created a factsheet with information pertaining to African Americans with SCI.  The factsheet illustrates the relationship between preventative behaviors and secondary health conditions.  It also mentions risk behaviors and chronic diseases common among African Americans with SCI.  Please visit the Health Outcome Research for Underserved People with SCI webpage underneath "Funded Projects" on the left side of this page.

Research Bytes

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Below are a few research bytes from our findings.

  • Compared with those who were working 30+ hours per week, the odds of mortality was 1.37 for those who worked 1–29 hours and 1.67 for those who were unemployed. The addition of gainful employment only modestly reduced the effects of household income and education, both of which remained significant. For instance, the odds of mortality for household income (referent $75, 000+) decreased from 1.50 to 1.38 for $25, 000–$75, 000 and from 2.10 to 1.82 for <$25 000. (Krause, Saunders, & Acuña 2012)

  • Almost 52% of participants worked at some point in time postinjury. Among those who had worked postinjury, the mean portion of time spent working was 0.56. Several factors were significantly related to postinjury employment and portion of time worked postinjury. The probability of postinjury employment increased with successively less severe injury. However, only ambulatory participants were found to have a significantly greater portion of time postinjury among those who became employed. Having obtained either a 4-year or graduate degree after injury was associated with a greater likelihood of postinjury employment. Conversely, among those who worked postinjury, having obtained those degrees prior to injury was associated with a greater portion of time employed. (Krause, Terza, Erten, Focht, & Dismuke 2012)


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