Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Program

The Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SCIMS) Program supports innovative projects and research in the delivery, demonstration, and evaluation of medical, rehabilitation, vocational and other services to meet the needs of individuals with SCI. It is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

The New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center Network was one of the original Model Centers, awarded this designation in 1973.  During the 2011-2016 grant Cycle, NERSCIC is one of 14 Model System Centers across the United States working together to demonstrate improved care and outcomes, maintain a national database, participate in independent and collaborative research, and provide continuing education related to spinal cord injury.  Read more about SCI Model Systems Resources at the bottom of this page.

Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems

UAB Model Spinal Cord Injury Care System
University of Alabama/Birmingham

Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System
Los Amigos Rehabilitation and Education Institute, Downey, CA

Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Injury System
Craig Hospital, Englewood, CO

South Florida Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System
University of Miami, Miami, FL

Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System
Shepherd Center, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System (MRSCIS)
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Frazier Rehab and Neuroscience
Spinal Cord Injury Model System (FRNSCIMS)

University of Louisville Research Foundation, Inc., Louisville, KY

New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center
Boston University Medical Campus, Boston, MA
Gaylord Hospital, Wallingford, CT
Hospital for Special Care, New Britain, CT

Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA

University of Michigan Model Spinal Cord Injury Care System
Ann Arbor, MI

Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System
Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation
(KMRREC), West Orange, NJ

Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury
Pittsburgh, PA

Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System
University of Washington, Seattle WA

SCI Model Systems Resources

National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC)
NSCISC, located at UAB, supports and directs the collection, management and analysis of data contributed from SCIMS Centers.  The Model System database is the world’s largest and longest spinal cord injury research database.  Findings resulting from database-oriented research have had significant impact on the delivery and nature of medical rehabilitation services provided to SCI patients. Learn more about SCI statistics compiled from the SCIMS Database:
SCI Facts and Figures at a Glance
Spanish SCI Facts and Figures
Recent Trends in Causes of SCI
2013 NSCISC Annual Statistical Report- Complete Public Version

Model System Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC)
MSKTC is a national Center that provides resources about the Model Systems to consumers, clinicians and researchers.  Resources include SCI Fact Sheets, information about SCIMS centers and their studies, a research publications database for spinal cord injuries, and quick review summaries of Model Systems studies for consumers.  For more information, see the SCI Model Systems Program Brochure, SCI Consumer Fact Sheets and Quick Reviews of Model Systems Research.


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