South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund (SCIRF)
The Spring Board of Directors meeting as held on April 21st at
MUSC in Charleston.
SCIRF Scientific Conference - March 10th, 2017
We had a wonderful conference and appreciate all of our presenters as well as our two keynote speakers. See the detailed Agenda for specific information
on each speaker as well as photos below of various speakers.
Dr. Geddes-Keynote Speaker
Dr. Kopera - SCIRFBoard Chair
Dr. Krause - SCIRF Scientific Director
Dr. Morse - Keynote Speaker
Dr. Selassie - SCIRF Associate Scientific Director
The Fall Board of Directors meeting was held on December 9th at
MUSC in Charleston.
Spinal Cord Injury Day
Around the World
The International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS), on the recommendation of its Prevention Committee, has decided to observe ‘Spinal Cord Injury Day’ on September 5th every year with the goal to increase spinal cord injury (SCI) awareness amongst the general public. Spinal Cord Injury Day is an opportunity for us all to make positive changes in the lives of people with SCI, their families and improve prevention programs of SCI around the world. Read more about the day and see suggested activities.
The Spring Board of Directors meeting was held on April 8th at
Roger C. Peace in Greenville.
The SCIRF hosted the second Lunch and Learn series, in conjunction with
the April 8 Board meeting, to hear from 3 of our current grantees.
Dr. Turgeon began her work on her SCIRF grant for
Establishment of cellular model systems to investigate and manipulate the
hostile environment produced by thrombin following spinal cord injury.
Dr. Turgeon is an Associate Professor at Furman University - Department of Biology.
For details on her work see Grant#2015 I-02 under the Awarded Grants tab.
Ms Graham began her work on her SCIRF grant for
SCIRF 2016 Scientific Conference.
Ms. Graham is the Executive Director of the SCIRF.
For details on her work see Grant#2015 CET-02 under the Awarded Grants tab.
DECEMBER 2015 - 2 grantees conclude their work
Dr. Turgeon concluded her work on Grant# 2015 S-01 (Student Research Award).
You can see details and the Final Report under the Awarded Grants tab/Grant #2015 S-01.
Dr. Cao concluded his work on Grant#11-006 (Recruitment/Seed Award).
You can see details and the Final Report under the Awarded Grants tab/Grant#2015 S-01
NOVEMBER 2015 - Board meeting, first Lunch and Learn, 2 proposals approved
The Fall Board of Directors Meeting was held November 13, 2015 at the
University of South Carolina School of Medicine. During the meeting 2 proposals
were approved and will begin in the next few months.
The first Lunch and Learn was held in conjuction with the Board of Directors meeting. Three
presenters, all SCIRF grantees, presented thier work. This included Diane Epperly from the SC
Spinal Cord Injury Association (pictured below), Swapan Ray from the University of South
Carolina School of Medicine and Nathaniel Bell from the University of South Carolina
College of Nursing.
OCTOBER 2015 - 2 new grantees begin work
Supriti Samantaray, PhD begins work on her SCIRF grant for
DigiGait Analysis, a Valuable Correlate between Functional Recovery
and Molecular Markers of Repair folliing Experimental Spinal Cord Injury.
Dr. Samantaray is a Research Assistant Professor at the Medical University of
South Carolina - Department of Neurosurgery and Neurology.
For details on her work see Grant #2015 P-04 under the Awarded Grants tab.
Susan Newman, PhD, RN, CRRN and Mathew Gregoski, PhD begin work
on their SCIRF grant for
Development and Evaluation of Multimedia and Technology-enhanced Components of
a Telehealth SCI Self-Management Intervention.
Dr. Newman is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at MUSC.
Dr. Gregoski is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at MUSC.
For details on their work see Grant #2015 P-02 under the Awarded Grants tab.
SEPTEMBER 2015 - 2 new grants awarded
The SCIRF made 2 new Pilot grant awards that will start in October.
Stay tuned for more information.
The SCIRF will host the first Lunch and Learn series in conjunction with
the November 13 Board meeting in Columbia.
Students, researchers and other stakeholders are welcome to attend
to hear about the work from three of our current grantees.
For more information please contact the Executive Director at email@example.com.
AUGUST 2015 - 1 grantee begins work
Rick Schnellmann, PhD and Stephen Tomlinson, PhD begin work on their SCIRF grant for
Formoterol, an FDA-approved drug, stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis as a novel therapeutic strategy for SCI.
Dr. Schnellman is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at MUSC;
Dr. Tomlinson is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at MUSC.
For details on their work see Grant #2015 I-03 under the Awarded Grants tab.
JULY 2015 - 2 grantees begin work
Azizul Haque, PhD begins work on his SCIRF grant for
Targeting Enolase in Spinal Cord Injury.
Dr. Haque is an Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina - Dept of Microbiology and Immunology.
For details on his work see Grant #2015 P-01 under the Awarded Grants tab.
Swapan K. Ray, PhD begins work on his SCIRF grant for
Novel combination therapy for neuroprotection in SCI.
Dr. Ray is a Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Dept of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology.
For details on his work see Grant #2015 I-01 under the Awarded Grants tab.
JUNE 2015 - 1 new grant awarded, 1 grantee begins work
The SCIRF made 1 new award which will begin in August.
Victoria L. Turgeon, PhD begins work on her SCIRF grant for
Establishment of cellular model systems to investigate and manipulate the hostile environment produced by thrombin following SCI.
Dr. Turgeon is an Associate Professor at Furman University in the Department of Biology.
Maddison Lewis is a first year student and is a SOAR Scholar.
For details on their work see Grant #2015 S-01 under the Awarded Grants tab.
MAY 2015 - 3 new grants awarded/Grantee collaboration
The SCIRF made 3 new awards. One will begin in June and two in July.
SCIRF grantee (#12-004), Diane Epperly/SC Spinal Cord Injury Association, and SCIRF
grantee (#09-001), Lee Saunders, PhD are collaborating on the study
Measuring Outcomes after Spinal Cord Injury throughout South Carolina:
A System of Tracking, Research, and Referral with the purpose of improving outcomes
among individuals with SCI from South Carolina. The South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury
Association has recruited 81 members willing to participate in various research.
These individuals will be offered the opportunity to participate in Dr. Saunders research study.
APRIL 2015 - Additional grant proposals received/Upcoming Spring Board meeting
The SCIRF continues to received new grant proposals, in addition to the proposals
currently in review, in reponse to the open RFP's.
The Spring Board of Directors meeting will be held on April 17th at
Roper St. Francis in Charleston.
There will be updates from multiple grantees as well as reveiws of proposals.
MARCH 2015 - 1 new grantee began research on 3/1/2015
Aiko K. Thompson, PhD began work on her SCIRF grant for
Modulation of Stretch Reflexes during Walking in People after SCI.
Dr. Thompson is an Associate Professor at MUSC in the Dept. of Health Sciences & Research.
For details on her work as well as an abstract see Grant#2014 R-01 under the Awarded Grants tab.
FEBRUARY 2015 - New grant proposals received
The SCIRF received new grant proposals in response to the open RFP's.
We are excited for the reviews to begin.
JANUARY 2015 - 1 new grantee began research on 1/1/2015
Jeoung Soo Lee, PhD began work on her recent SCIRF grant for
Neuron-specific Nanotherapeutics for Axonal Regeneration after SCI.
Dr. Lee is an Assistant Professor at Clemson University in the Department of Bioengineering.
Fo details on her work as well as an abstract see Grant#2014 I-02 under the Awarded Grants tab.
DECEMBER 2014 - 2 new grantees began research on 12/1/2014
Nathaniel Bell, PhD began work on his recent SCIRF grant for
Geographic Disparities in Access to Outpatient Rehabilitation Services after SCI.
Dr. Bell is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing.
For details on his work as well as an overview see Grant#2014 P-01 under the Awarded Grants tab.
Jennifer Trilk, PhD and Kevin Kopera, MD began work on their recent SCIRF grant for
Community-based Virtual Reality Group Exercise Training in Persons with SCI.
Dr. Trilk is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville Biomedical Sciences Department.
For details on their work as well as an overview see Grant#2014 I-01 under the Awarded Grants tab.
NOVEMBER 2014 - Grantee Presentations
Yue Cao, PhD (SCIRF Grant #11-006) presented at the MUSC Spinal Cord Injury Grand Rounds on "Subjective and Objective Environmental Factors' Influence and Spinal Cord Injury".
For details on his work and the presentation see Awarded Grants-#11-006.
Lee Saunders, PhD (SCIRF Grant #09-001) presented a webinar on "Health Care Access and Utilization after Spinal Cord Injury".
For details on her work and the presentation see Awarded Grants-#09-001.
Promoting research to develop better understanding of causes and effective treatment strategies for paralysis, sensory loss, and other consequences of spinal cord injury (SCI) and disease.
SCI is a serious and usually irreversible cause of disability. The consequences of SCI are often severe and include paralysis, loss of sensation, loss of control over movement and bodily functions, chronic pain, metabolic disorders, and complications such as uncontrolled blood pressure and frequent infections. People with SCI may face extraordinary demands due to the costs of medical care and rehabilitation and the absence of environmental support. Family members of people with SCI are also affected. The long-term goal of the SCIRF is to minimize the risk and incidence of SCI, interrupt or reverse the process of such injuries, and improve the health and quality of life for residents of South Carolina who have an SCI.
The South Carolina SCIRF was established by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2000 by amendment (Bill S54 44-38-510) to Section 2, Chapter 38, Title 44 of the 1976 S.C. Code as signed by the Governor on July 20, 2000. The legislation calls for a $100 surcharge to be levied on every South Carolina “Driving Under the Influence” conviction. The proceeds from this surcharge go to the SCIRF and are used to finance SCI research in South Carolina as well as cover basic operation and administrative costs for the SCIRF.
The SCIRF is governed by a seven member Board of Directors (BOD) appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of the President of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). It is comprised of two medical doctors from MUSC; two medical doctors specializing or significantly engaged in the treatment of people with SCI in South Carolina; two members who have an SCI or have a family member with an SCI; and one at large medical doctor who is a member of the South Carolina Medical Association.
The SCIRF is attached to MUSC for administrative purposes. Since inception, the SCIRF has had a part time administrator, scientific director and associate scientific director. Beginning in 2014 the SCIRF decided to replace the part time administrator with a full time Executive Director. Catherine Leigh Graham transitioned from the BOD to Executive Director in January 2014. Dr. James Krause was appointed as Scientific Director in 2003 and has served continuously for the past 11 years. Dr. Naren Banik was appointed as Associate Scientific Director in 2008 and has served continuously for the past 6 years. The Scientific Directors are involved in all aspects of all research development and implementation including setting goals, developing project invitations to meet goals, and making recommendations based on their reviews to the SCIRF BOD of all such projects received.
- Advance knowledge of SCI repair and regeneration within the South Carolina research community by encouraging physicians and scientists to apply expertise to the SCI field.
- Foster collaborative interdisciplinary approaches to SCI research among South Carolina hospitals, rehabilitative centers, research universities, and interested organizations.
- Nurture next generation of SCI researchers through support of young scientists and post-doctoral fellows.
- Improve the well-being and quality of life of individuals with SCI by research programs that prevent or treat the secondary conditions and consequences of SCI.
- Set budgets and administer funds for SCI research as mandated by the South Carolina Legislative Act, and assure highest quality of research and commitment by investigators.
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