The model SCI system program: a national support and research project
The Model SCI System program is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education. It creates the largest nationally coordinated effort to support 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.
NIDRR awards SCI Model Systems Center grants (in 5 year cycles) to institutions that are national leaders in medical research and patient care and provide the highest level of comprehensive specialty services, from the point of injury through rehabilitation and re-entry into full community life.
Each SCI Model Systems Center contributes to the SCI Model Systems Data Center, participates in independent and collaborative research, and provides information and resources to individuals with SCI, their family and care givers, health care professionals and the general public.
This project has resulted in the collection and analysis of an unprecedented quantity of data that will be used to make life better for those with SCI.
The current grant cycle is coming to an end. Numerous researchers are now begining to write medical journal articles about their findings.
Image: Location of the current model system hospital participants.