ASIA Inaugural Fellows Include Eleven NIDILRR-Funded SCI Researchers

The American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) recently awarded the first group of Fellows. Eight of the sixteen fellows are current or former principal investigators (PIs) of NIDILRR-funded research projects in spinal cord injury, including the Model Spinal Cord Injury System Centers. The award is given by ASIA’s Board of Directors in recognition of distinguished accomplishment within the fields of spinal cord injury research, clinical practice, education, and advocacy, as well as service to the society. Awards were presented at the 2018 ASIA conference.

NIDILRR-funded PIs in this first class included David Apple, MD, Susan Charlifue, PhD, Michael DeVivo, DrPH, John Ditunno, Jr., MD, William Donovan, MD, Daniel Lammertse, MD, Amie McLain, MD*, and Kristjan Ragnarsson, MD. Learn more about their work:

David Apple, MD, PI for five Model Spinal Cord Injury System Centers at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA from 1984 through 2011. See abstracts of publications co-authored by Dr. Apple in REHABDATA.

Susan Charlifue, PhD, PI for six NIDILRR-funded studies in SCI including three Model SCI System Centers at Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO from 2001 to present. See abstracts of publications co-authored by Dr. Charlifue in REHABDATA.

Michael DeVivo, DrPH, served as manager, then co-Director, then Director of the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center from its inception in 1983 through 2005 and continues to be involved as Director Emeritus. See abstracts of publications co-authored by Dr. DeVivo in REHABDATA.

John Ditunno, Jr., MD, PI for five NIDILRR-funded studies in SCI including three Model SCI System Centers at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA from 1984 through 2006. Dr. Ditunno continues to participate in studies at this center. See abstracts of publications co-authored by Dr. Ditunno in REHABDATA.

William Donovan, MD, PI for two NIDILRR-funded Model SCI System Centers at The Institute for Rehabilitation Research (TIRR) in Houston, TX from 2000 through 2012. He continues to serve as a co-investigator for the current Center. See abstracts of publications co-authored by Dr. Donovan in REHABDATA.

Daniel Lammertse, MD, PI for five NIDILRR-funded studies in SCI including four Model SCI System Centers at Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO from 1994 through 2016. Dr. Lammertse continues to participate in Craig studies. See abstracts of publications co-authored by Dr. Lammertse in REHABDATA.

Amie McLain, MD, PI for two NIDILRR-funded Model SCI System Centers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL, including the present center. *Dr. McLain received the Fellow award this year but will be presented with the physical award at the 2019 conference. See abstracts of publications co-authored by Dr. McLain in REHABDATA.

Kristjan Ragnarsson, MD, PI for five NIDILRR-funded Model SCI System Centers at New York University and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York from 1985 through 2011. See abstracts of publications co-authored by Dr. Ragnarsson in REHABDATA.

In addition, three other Fellows have served as co-investigators on NIDILRR-funded Model SCI System Centers:

In addition to these distinguished researchers, the inaugural class for ASIA fellows included individuals who have participated in NIDILRR-funded SCI research or co-authored studies with the Fellows listed above. Click their names to see abstracts of their work in the REHABDATA database.

For the full list of ASIA Fellows receiving their awards in 2018, visit http://asia-spinalinjury.org/fasia-award/

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