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Longevity After Injury Project

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We have lost two good friends and colleagues.

It is with great sadness that we report the loss of Sarah Lottes, who was the original research assistant on our SCI team dating back to 1993, and Dr. David Gray, one of the great leaders in the field of disability and a contributor to our Beyond 90 Days program. --More about Sara Lottes--  &  --More about David Gray-- On May 5, 2013 at Chicago, Illinois, David Gray spoke at the 39th Annual Pre-Course Meeting titled "The State of the Science of Prevention and Management of Secondary Health Conditions in Person after SCI". To hear his presentation, please click --Video--

Our Name has Changed!

Our research program has been expanded beyond longevity after injury to include a wider array of outcomes and types of disabling conditions. Therefore, the Longevity after Injury Project is now one of two arms of a larger program of research, entitled Health, Employment, and Longevity Project for people with disabling conditions. Whereas the longevity after injury project focuses on health and longevity, the second arm of our research program focuses on employment and is entitled Beyond 90 Days: Successful Employment after Disability. The overall project, as well as each of the two arms, consider disability throughout the entire lifecycle. You may find information on the Health, Employment, and Longevity Project on our website (, as well as each of the two components ( and


Check out our accomplishments.

Grand Rounds
On Wednesday, January 28th , Dr. Aiko Thompson, Assistant Professor of the Department of Health Sciences and Research, Medical University of South Carolina, presented on “Changing Muscle Evoked Responses to Improve Locomotion after Spinal Cord Injury." Visit our Events page to see a recorded video of the presentation and print out of her powerpoint slides.

Student Achievements
Dr. Nicole Dipiro, a graduate assistant since 2012, was successful in defending her dissertation project entitled "Effects of Aerobic Exercise Training on Walking and Health-Related Outcomes in Individuals with Chronic Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury". 

Upcoming Presentations

On May 2015, Drs. James Krause and Lee Saunders will present five topics at the 4th ISCoS and ASIA Joint Scientific Meeting in Montreal, Canada. 

Dr. Krause has been invited to present at the annual conference of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals in New Orleans on September 2015.  This is a great honor since the Essie Morgan Lecture is an invited lectureship awareded to persons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of social services for persons with spinal cord injury.

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."

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.


Purpose from MUSC CHP on Vimeo.

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

February is African American Month. Below are a few research bytes from our findings.

  • A study was designed to examine the relationship between race–ethnicity and poverty status after spinal cord injury (SCI).Whereas only 14% of non-Hispanic White participants were below the poverty level, 41.3% of non-Hispanic Blacks were in poverty. Logistic regression with three different models identified several significant predictors of poverty, including marital status, years of education, level of education, age and employment status. Non-Hispanic Blacks had 2.75 greater odds of living in poverty after controlling for other factors, including education and employment. (Krause, Dismuke, Acuna, Sligh-Conway, Walker, Washington & Reeds; 2014)

  • A study was designed to identify changes in hospitalizations, days hospitalized, non-routine physician visits, and self-reported fitness over 4 measurements separated by 4- to 5-year intervals among participants with spinal cord injury (SCI), while testing for the effects of age, time since injury, and age at injury onset. Results of the growth model indicated some limited cohort effects for chronologic age, years since injury, and age at injury onset at baseline. However, significant time effects were observed for each of the health indices, with hospitalizations and physician visits increasing and self-reported fitness decreasing. Significant cohort by time interactions were observed for both number of hospitalizations and days hospitalized with years post injury and chronologic age. (Krause & Ricks; 2014)


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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