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Longevity After Injury Project

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Check out our accomplishments.


Summer Student Program
Our 2014 summer student intern, Taylor Hutt, won 2nd place in the category "Health Disparities Research Award" at Research Day on Nov. 14, 2014.  Her oral presentation was on "Racial Disparities, neighborhood disadvantage, and health outcomes among persons with spinal cord injury".

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

Open House
On Thursday, November 6th, our team participated in an Open House Celebration. This celebration showcased our work and accomplishments, along with the work of several other researchers at MUSC. Dr. David Cole, President of the Medical University of South Carolina, spoke about the Center for Rehabilitation Research in Neurological Conditions and what the accomplishments meant to the Medical University.

On Thursday, November20th , Dr. Lee Saunders, Research Assistant Professor of the College of Health Professions, Medical University of South Carolina, presented 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--
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

November is National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month. Below are a few research bytes from our findings.

  • Multiple linear regression was used to predict seven health-related outcomes among American Indians with spinal cord injury. Depressive symptomatology and post-SCI injuries were the primary predictors of the majority of health outcomes. Alcohol consumption was associated with a greater risk for post-SCI injuries, and being older at injury was associated with poorer health outcomes. (Krause, Coker, Charlifue, & Whiteneck; 2000)

  • American Indian men reported lower overall health and satisfaction with health care than the non-SCI BRFSS group. They also reported a different pattern of health behaviors, including a greater frequency of inoculations for flu and pneumonia but a lower rate of HIV testing and cholesterol screening. A smaller percentage of American Indians used alcohol, but those who did reported more heavy drinking. (Krause, Coker, Charlifue, & Whiteneck; 1999)


The information posted on the MUSC: Longevity after Injury Project website is intended for educational purposes and should not be construed as medical advice. --Further Details--


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