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ISCoS 2022 Conference Recap

Thank you for joining us in Vancouver for the 61st International Spinal Cord Society Annual Scientific Meeting (ISCoS) in September! The four-day conference was well attended by researchers and scientist around the world. Three Praxis members contributed to the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), including Dr. Vanessa Noonan, Praxis’ Director of Research & Best Practice Implementation, who chaired the LOC. A total of 18 Praxis-led or associated submissions were accepted as workshops, courses, oral presentations, and posters covering topics such as healthy aging with a spinal cord injury, machine learning, and spinal cord stimulation.

Praxis team members also contributed to a number of special interest group meetings held around the time of the conference. Praxis was honored to sponsor the Canadian SCI Plenary Lecture titled, “Sex, Orgasm and Babies: Women’s Sexual Health after SCI” featuring Dr. Stacy Elliot and Dr. Andrei Krassioukov. We also hosted alumni of our SCI Incubate and SCI Accelerate programs to showcase our commercialization success and highlight our involvement of people with lived experience (PLEX).

Praxis is pleased to have the opportunity to showcase many of our PLEX-engaged studies at the ISCoS conference and to further advance our research and community initiatives.

Here are two highlighted workshops with Praxis participation:

1. Spinal Cord Stimulation for Autonomic Recovery: From Bench to Bedside and Consumer Engagement

With Andrei Krassioukov, Rahul Sachdeva, Soshi Samejima, Claire Shackleton, Praxis PLEX Manager John Chernesky

The workshop discussed the current state of spinal cord stimulation for recovery of autonomic function following spinal cord injury; the translational evidence and potential mechanisms underlying neuromodulation-mediated recovery of autonomic function following spinal cord injury; and explored future considerations for accelerating the clinical translation of spinal cord stimulation to clinical and home settings.

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2. Translating activity-based therapies into practice: the shared experiences from Australia, Canada and the United States

With Camila Quel De Oliveira, Leslie Morse, Glen Davis, Praxis’ National Clinical Liaison Kristen Walden, Kristin Musselman

  • The workshop helped distinguish activity-based therapies (ABT) from other forms of exercise therapy, adaptive fitness and summarize the current state of the evidence on ABT for people living with SCI.
  • Helped describe and contrast the current state of ABT implementation in clinical practice in Australia, Canada and the United States, and identify common barriers to ABT uptake.
  • Identified current needs and gaps in the field of ABT research and care, along with potential strategies to address these needs and gaps.

Learn more about ABT:

If you are interested in conference poster presentations from Praxis, see below:

  1. Development of Primary Care Priority Alignment for Spinal Cord Injuries in Canada: Findings from the Circulus Primary Care Network SCI Summit
  2. The impact of individual’s sex and gender on the outcomes spinal cord injury: An update from bench to bedside
  3. SCI Clinical Workshops: Implementation of SCI specific clinical workshops to improve outcomes for individuals living with SCI
  4. International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury (ISNCSCI) – Utilizing Rick Hansen SCI Registry (RHSCIR) data to inform implementation in acute care in Canada
  5. Getting Your Psychosocial Research Funded: Perspectives from Funders and Opportunities for Investigators
  6. Coping with Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction After SCI: A Comparison between India and Canada
  7. Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Practical Tools to Build Capacity to Support the Meaningful Engagement of People with Lived Experience of Spinal Cord Injury
  8. Counsellors’ barriers, needs and preferences regarding providing and improving physical activity counselling to adults with spinal cord injury: an international survey
  9. Physical activity coaching for adults with spinal cord injuries during the transition from inpatient care to living in the community
  10. Examining the Incidence of Pediatric Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in North America: A Systematic Review