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Praxis Announces its Latest Grant Recipients

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Thirteen research teams across Canada have received funding from the Praxis Spinal Cord Institute to accelerate spinal cord injury research and care.

From exploring spinal cord stimulation technologies to expanding the Ontario-based Spinal Cord Injury Implementation and Evaluation Quality Care Consortium (SCI-IEQCC), these projects represent a broad spectrum of activities related to the Institute’s Cure and Care Programs.

The projects are anticipated to provide meaningful contributions to the SCI community. We look forward to the development of these projects and their success in the coming year. Scroll down to view the full list. Congratulations to all the grant recipients!

Principal Investigator(s)Project SummaryGrant Amount
Andrei KrassioukovCollection of pilot data on the effects of transcutaneous stimulation of spinal cord in promoting recovery of bladder, bowel and sexual functions in individuals with SCI. The goal of this project is to seek additional funding for a large multi-centre study. See original RFA.$50,000
Marina MartinezDevelopment of a collaborative platform for neuroprosthetic innovation in sensorimotor rehabilitation. The goal of this project is to seek additional funding for a large multi-centre study. See original RFA.$50,000
Dalton WolfeDevelopment of a spinal cord neuromodulation network and open-source modules and protocols. The goal of this project is to seek additional funding for a large multi-centre study. See original RFA.$50,000
Cathy CravenIncrease the capacity of the SCI IEQCC Leadership Team to expand its support for new facilities across Canada.$80,400
Colleen O’ConnellExpanding upon the Ontario-based SCI-IEQCC, this project will implement the SCI-IEQCC in Fredericton and Prince Edward Island. The project will collect data for key indicators for health domains including Emotional Well-Being, Walking, and Sexual Health, as well as implement related best practices to optimize care. See original RFA.$67,000
Adalberto Loyola-SanchezExpanding upon the Ontario-based SCI-IEQCC, this project will implement the SCI-IEQCC in Edmonton and Calgary. The project will collect data for key indicators for the health domain Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), as well as implement related best practices to optimize care. See original RFA.$150,000
Sonja McVeighExpanding upon the Ontario-based SCI-IEQCC, this project will implement the SCI-IEQCC in Halifax. The project will collect data for key indicators for health domains including Urinary Tract Infection, Sexual Health, and Emotional Well-Being, as well as implement related best practices to optimize care. See original RFA.$75,000
Julio FurlanAn assessment of the accessibility of sleep apnea clinics for individuals with spinal cord injury in Ontario and the testing of the feasibility and validity of home-based sleep tests for early diagnosis of sleep apnea.$39,978
Kristine CowleyA research-based assessment of the different programs delivering essential health supplies and services in three areas critical to life after spinal cord injury: 1) access to community-based home-care services, 2) provision and maintenance of wheelchairs and 3) genitourinary medical supplies (e.g., catheters & gloves).$39,985
Kristin MusselmanA qualitative research project on current practices in communicating the results of the Standing and Walking Assessment Tool (SWAT) to SCI inpatients and recommendations to enhance patient experience during rehabilitation.$5,000
Dalton Wolfe The identification of the therapeutic components and program structures which may affect the SWAT outcomes across different SCI rehabilitation centres within Canada.$10,000
Mark Bayley and Cathy CravenDevelop a toolkit to facilitate clinical implementation of the Canadian Spinal Cord Injury Practice Guideline (Can-SCIP).$150,000
Sarah MunceThe systematic review of cost effectiveness of clinical practice guideline implementation strategies to inform the implementation of the Canadian Spinal Cord Injury Practice Guideline (Can-SCIP).$20,000

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