News and Notes 85 September 25

Resources from NIDRR-funded projects focusing on SCI featured in observation of National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month; Managing Pain After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) added to MSKTC Hot Topic Module Series; participants with SCI sought for survey collecting information to be used in the NWRSCIS Tips from the Wheel World series and newsletter; A Better Botttom Line: Employing People With Disabilities from the National Governors Association; quarterly Grand Rounds focusing on SCI and co-occurring TBI, available in video and PDF formats; Southeast ADA Center launches montly Internet radio program ADA Live!; director of NIDRR-funded project receives 2013 Clinical  Biomechanics Award;  NNJTBIS-hosted consumer conference: Brain Injury: The Challenge of Change.

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United Spinal Association has designated September as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. This week's News and Notes features several resources from NIDRR-funded projects focusing on spinal cord injury (SCI). For more than 20 years, the NIDRR-funded model spinal cord injury system projects have contributed extensively to new treatments and interventions to help people with SCI to participate fully in their communities (more than 1,000 reports, books, and articles from these projects are available from the NARIC collection). You might also like our Librarian's Picks for SCI, with hand-selected information and support resources. 

Resource Highlight: 

Managing Pain After Spinal Cord Injury
The NIDRR-funded Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) (H133A110004) recently added Managing Pain After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) to its Hot Topic Module series. This module is designed to help individuals with SCI to identify, manage, and treat different types of pain. The suite of resources includes a featured video and related clips, created in collaboration with the NIDRR-funded South Florida SCI Model System Center, highlighting a promising study about the effects of exercise on pain management. 

News items: 

Co-Occurring SCI and TBI in Focus for Grand Rounds
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (H133B090005) presented its quarterly Grand Rounds focusing on SCI and Co-Occurring Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), now available in video and PDF. Janet P. Niemeier, PhD, discussed the epidemiology, symptoms, and challenges of co-occurring SCI and TBI, and best practices for identification and treatment of patients with both injuries. A full archive of previous Grand Rounds is also available

Southeast ADA Center Debuts Live Radio Program
The NIDRR-funded Southeast ADA National Network Center (H133A110021) will launch ADA Live!, a new monthly Internet radio program, October 2nd at 1pm EST. ADA Live! will broadcast the first Wednesday of each month, with programs featuring the latest ADA information, guest speakers, and opportunities for listeners to call in or email their questions. The website includes a schedule of upcoming episodes, an archive, and a discussion forum for listeners. 

Peter Barrance Receives Clinical Biomechanics Award
Peter Barrance, PhD, project director for the NIDRR-funded field-initiated project on Improved Weight Bearing Evaluation of Knee Osteoarthritis (H133P070007), as well as the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Center on Neuro-musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, received the 2013 Clinical Biomechanics Award at the 37th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics. The winning abstract, Tibiofemoral contact location changes associated with lateral heel wedging: A study using weight-bearing MRI, was co-authored by Dr. Barrance, Venkata Gade, Jerome Allen, and Jeffrey Cole. 

Grantee event: 

Consumer Conference: Brain Injury - The Challenge of Change
The NIDRR-funded Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System Center (NNJTBIS)  (H133A070037) will host a consumer conference, Brain Injury: The Challenge of Change (PDF), October 11th at the Kessler Conference Center in West Orange, NJ. The conference will look at important issues facing people with TBI including social connections, community integration, health and wellness, and relationships. Registration is free but required


Tips from the Wheel World
The NIDRR-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) (H133N110009) is seeking creative solutions and modifications to make life with SCI easier, healthier, or more enjoyable. Members of the SCI community may submit tips, modifications, and ideas through the online survey. NWRSCIS staff will review submissions to be included in their Tips from the Wheel World series and newsletter. 

Elsewhere in the Community: 

A Better Bottom Line - Employing People with Disabilities
The National Governors Association (NGA) has released A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities (PDF), a blueprint focused on the continued advancement of employment opportunities for people with disabilities. NGA worked with the Rehabilitation Services Administration and its grantees to develop the publication. NGA Chairman Governor Jack Markell talked about A Better Bottom Line in a Huffington Post editorial