SH-SCI Healthcare Lecture Series

SH-SCI Healthcare Lecture Series

Healthcare lectures for those with Spinal Cord Injury

As part of our Model System of care, we are striving to provide the best quality of information to our patients. In these efforts, we…

Spring Adaptive Sports

Spring Adaptive Sports

Another great season ahead for Adaptive Sports!

  With warmer weather comes another great Spring/Summer season of Spaulding's Adaptive Sports program!  

Learn More about SH-SCI Research

Learn More about SH-SCI Research

Are you interested in learning more about what is happening at SH-SCI?

To learn more about research happening at SH-SCI - please contact us via our web form. We are happy to answer your questions!

Non-Invasive Stimulation for Pain After SCI

Non-Invasive Stimulation for Pain After SCI

Researchers are looking at the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on pain.

This study is investigating a non-invasive method of brain stimulation (Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation- tDCS) for the relief of pain due to a previous spinal…

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Breaking News

Opportunity to Participate on the Implementation Council for One Care


The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) is seeking individuals to serve on the Implementation Council for the State Demonstration to Integrate Care for Dual Eligible individuals (adults ages 21 through 64 at time of enrollment who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid), known in Massachusetts as One Care.


The Implementation Council plays a key role in monitoring access to healthcare and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tracking quality of services, providing support and input to EOHHS, and promoting accountability and transparency. The roles and responsibilities of Implementation Council members include advising EOHHS; soliciting input from stakeholders; examining One Care plan quality; reviewing issues raised through the grievances and appeals process and One Care Ombudsman reports; examining access to services (medical, behavioral health, and long-term services and supports); and participating in the development of public education and outreach campaigns. The Implementation Council develops an annual work plan and meeting agendas. EOHHS anticipates that the Implementation Council will meet monthly or bimonthly through December 31, 2019; however, EOHHS in its sole discretion may terminate the terms of the members of the Implementation Council sooner if the Demonstration ends. The purpose of One Care is to improve quality of care and reduce health disparities, improve health and functional outcomes, and contain health care costs for Dual Eligibles. EOHHS has sole discretion to extend the contracts for Implementation Council members for up to an additional 2 years for any increment of time.


Applications are due by December 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM.  Continue reading...

First Knowledge in Motion


Lecture of 2017!


“Living Healthy with

Spinal Cord Injury”

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

6:30 PM-8:00 PM


Presenters include:

Cheri Blauwet, MD

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital


J. Andrew Taylor, PhD

Spaulding Hospital Cambridge


Stanley Ducharme, PhD

Boston Medical Center


Margaret Loeper Vasquez, MS, RDN

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital



Click here for more information.


Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

300 First Avenue, 1st floor Cafeteria

Charlestown, MA 02129



To register for the in-person lecture, please click here:


Questions? Please contact Arlone C. at or (617) 952-6174.




Link for webcast registration:


Problems with webcast access?

Please contact Judi Z. at or

(617) 638-7314.



Knowledge in Motion




On February 26th, the Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System and the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center Model System hosted a lecture and webcast named:


Sexuality after Spinal Cord Injury

with Marcalee Alexander, MD, Professor of PM&R at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Frazier Rehab and Neuroscience Center SCIMS. She highlighted how spinal cord injury and other factors affect sexual function. She also highlighted how videoconferencing with a telehealth sexuality clinic may be able to give people with SCI access to treatment and education for their sexual concerns.  We hosted about 30 attendees in person with dinner in Spaulding's Cafeteria with 220 "webcastees" attending our lecture virtually from United States, Canada, India, the United Kingdom, and Morocco!



Meet our Peer Mentors with SCI



Current Research Publications

  • Related Articles

    Measurement of Bone: Diagnosis of SCI-Induced Osteoporosis and Fracture Risk Prediction.

    Top Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil. 2015;21(4):267-74

    Authors: Troy KL, Morse LR

    BACKGROUND: Spinal cord injury (SCI) is associated with a rapid loss of bone mass, resulting in severe osteoporosis and a 5- to 23-fold increase in fracture risk. Despite the seriousness of fractures in SCI, there are multiple barriers to osteoporosis diagnosis and wide variations in treatment practices for SCI-induced osteoporosis.
    METHODS: We review the biological and structural changes that are known to occur in bone after SCI in the context of promoting future research to pre [...]

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

Our Spinal Cord Injury Model System is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). NIDILRR is a component of the US Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living.


National SCI Database

The National Spinal Cord Injury Database has been in existence since 1973 and captures data from an estimated 13% of new SCI cases in the U.S.  As part of the SCI Model System, SH-SCI contributes to this database. The NSCISC has recently released 2016 "Facts and Figures" from the National Database.

NSCISC - Facts and Figures 2016

Knowledge Translation Center

Connect with the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center
The Model System Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) has many resources available about the Spinal Cord Injury Model System, including helpful flyers and handouts about injury - and also the contact information for Model System sites nationwide.

On their website, they  list information for both consumers, and clinicians - including publications from the national sites. The MSKTC can also be found on Blogspot and Facebook.

Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System

SCI Resource of the Month

Make texting & websurfing a little easier...

Nothing fancy nor glamorous, a company named "Snake Clamp" makes attachable, adjustable clamps and mounts for using electronic devices, making them usable while in your chair. It could give you that free hand you always need!

Other attachments could perhaps help a quadriplegic mount a camera, a door opener, or provide a stable base for typing on a smart phone, etc. Check it out!! 

Here is the resource page . Additional attachment devices can be seen here: