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South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model System

Pictured Above: Dr. Kevin Dalal, Co-Director; Dr. Elizabeth Felix, Director; and Dr. Mark Nash, Co-Director

The University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital together serve as home for the South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems (SFSCIMS). Jackson Memorial Hospital is the third largest medical center in the United States, and it serves a diverse community with a large Hispanic and Caribbean population. The SFSCIMS provides a comprehensive system of care to the patients from the time of injury through reintegration into the community. Faculty members of the SFSCIMS also serve as part of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a research institute at the University of Miami dedicated to find the cure of spinal cord injury. Other research projects conducted by SFSCIMS faculty investigate stem cells, nerve regeneration, exercise, shoulder pain, neuropathic pain, diaphragm pacing, and quality of life in individuals with spinal cord injury.

The SFSCIMS is one of only 14 sites to receive the model systems designation by the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research. As of October 2015, we are on our 5th year of data collection. One of the primary purposes of the model systems program is to collect acute, rehabilitation, and follow-up data on patients with SCI.