MUSC taps into national funding for spinal cord injury research

Megan Fink

Oct. 22, 2009

MUSC taps into national funding for spinal cord injury research

Almost $4 million is awarded to reduce complications and increase life expectancy

CHARLESTON -- Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Researcher, James Krause, Ph.D., has recently been named the recipient of a multi-year Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) grant totaling more than $3.9 million that places the university’s College of Health Professions in a national leadership role in the prediction and prevention of life-threatening secondary health conditions after spinal cord injury (SCI).

The five-year project is being funded by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services of the United States Department of Education. Both the Shepherd Center in Atlanta and the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, California are collaborating on this project.

"The ultimate goal of the center is to reduce the incidence of secondary conditions and to enhance longevity after SCI through a combination of research that identifies prominent risk factors for diminished health and by educating health professionals, service providers and individuals with SCI on how to implement appropriate prevention strategies," said Krause.

Secondary conditions, such as pressure ulcers, urinary tract infections, amputations, fractures and depressive symptoms often increase mortality rates of the SCI population.

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