News and Notes 43 November 21

This issue includes a video on managing skin problems after SCI, study on effects of virtual walking on pain in SCI patients, Foundation Center’s IssueLab, Hwasoon Kim receives DeVivo Mentored Research Award, KTER releases Knowledge Production Methods web course, Lesley M. Hudson receives ASIA Lifetime Achievement Award, and a webcast presenting Fostering Independence, Participation, and Healthy Aging Through Technology.

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NARIC news: 

Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers in the US! NARIC's offices will be closed for the holiday. Meanwhile, it's still American Diabetes Month. We encourage everyone to enjoy a healthy meal and get some light exercise while the turkey's in the oven!

Resource Highlight: 

Pressure Ulcers Can Wreck Your Life! Preventing and Managing Skin Problems After SCI
The NIDRR-funded Northwest Model Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) System (H133N110009) released its newest SCI Forum Video "Pressure Ulcers Can Wreck Your Life! Preventing and Managing Skin Problems After SCI." The 3-part video reviews the common risks for pressure ulcers and how to avoid them, skin inspection and recognizing the early signs of breakdown, and medical and surgical treatment options. This and many other SCI Forums are archived on the project's website. 

News items: 

DeVivo Mentored Research Award Announced
The NIDRR-funded National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (H133A110002) announced the 2012 DeVivo Mentored Research Award was given to Hwasoon Kim of the University of Alabama Department of Biostatistics (mentor: Garry Cutter, PhD), for the project titled “Modeling to Predict Loss to Follow-Up in the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Database.” The DeVivo Mentored Research Award is a 1-year, $3,000 research award for trainees interested in conducting a research project using data from the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems database.

KTER Releases Knowledge Production Methods Webcourse
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (H133A100026) released Knowledge Production Methods, a free web-based course focusing on how to conduct a high quality systematic review. The 8-session course is suitable for upper-level graduate students, post-docs, and early career researchers, as well as more experienced researchers interested in developing systematic reviews. Participants will learn the steps in the systematic review process as implemented by the Campbell and Cochrane Collaborations.

Lesley M. Hudson to Receive ASIA Lifetime Achievement Award
Lesley M. Hudson, co-project director of the NIDRR-funded Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System (H133N110005) at the Shepherd Center, will receive the 2013 American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Hudson has been project director of the Shepherd Center's model systems since 1982 and, with co-investigator David F. Apple Jr., MD, founded the quarterly journal Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, the official journal of ASIA since 2011. Ms. Hudson is the first woman to receive this award which will be presented at the May 2013 ASIA Annual Meeting

Grantee event: 

Fostering Independence, Participation, and Healthy Aging Through Technology
The Institute of Medicine/National Research Council Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence (ADI Forum), of which NIDRR is a member, presents Fostering Independence, Participation, and Healthy Aging Through Technology, December 19th, 8:30am EST, at the Keck Center of the National Academies in DC and via webcast. This free workshop focuses on adults aging with or into disability, with an overview of improving independence and community participation through access to technology, and discussion of existing and emerging technology as well as barriers to use and adoption. The purpose is to generate expert input for the Forum to determine what role its members can play in responding to barriers to the development and adoption of these promising technologies. Registration is required to attend via webcast. To attend in person, contact Thelma Cox at 202/334-1755 or


Effects of Virtual Walking on Pain in Spinal Cord Injury Patients
The NIDRR-funded University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System (H133N110008) seeks participants with SCI-related pain to participate in a study. Participants must be 18 or older and live in Alabama. Participants receive a $25 gift card for each day of testing. For information, contact Juliette Galindo at 205/934-3345 or

Elsewhere in the Community: 

Foundation Center's IssueLab
The Foundation Center's newest resource, IssueLab, is a comprehensive knowledge sharing platform for social issues research. IssueLab features a wide range of case studies, white papers, evaluations, fact sheets, issue briefs, annual reports, and toolkits from the social sector, totaling more than 11,000 documents. Visitors can search by keyword, or browse by authors, issues, geographic areas, and publishing organizations. In addition, organizations, institutions, and networks can create "Knowledge Centers" to maintain their own online libraries in a proficient and sustainable way, while allowing automatic and easy sharing of their knowledge with new audiences through IssueLab. Items may be added to IssueLab provided they are free and available to the public.