Save the Date – October 17-19, 2019

8th National Spinal Cord Injury Conference – “Sex, Gender and Health of Women
with Precourse Featuring the Ontario SCI Showcase


The 8th National SCI Conference promotes and embraces the diversity of human experience in terms of sex, sexuality and gender expression. We will promote unbiased methods and attitudes during the conference. For the purpose of the 8th National SCI Conference, the following terms will apply:

Sex: The biological features (i.e. physical and physiological) of humans and animals, usually categorized as female or male.1,2

Gender: The socially constructed behaviors, expressions and identities of women, men and gender-diverse people, such as norms, roles and relationships of and among genders in a particular culture or society.1,2

Health of Women: The ‘Health of Women’ refers to a broad set of issues concerning women’s health including, but not limited to, reproductive and hormonal health, access to quality health care, and disease conditions that are more common in women or may manifest differently in men and women.3

1Canadian Institutes of Health Research 2018.
2National Institutes of Health.
3World Health Organization 2018.

Royal College Accreditation

This conference is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This activity was approved by the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – Association canadienne de médecine physique et de réadaptation.

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at

Approximately 40,000 Canadians are currently living with a spinal cord injury and about 1,000 Canadians acquire a new spinal cord injury or disease each year.

These individuals not only have to adjust to their new circumstance, but must also be cautious of many secondary complications including: pressure sores, osteoporosis, depression, etc. How can you assist their rehab process to allow for a smooth transition back into the community?  Are their unique considerations based on sex or gender that should influence service delivery or may augment rehabilitation outcomes and or community participation and wellbeing? Can we up our game to ensure the health of women?

On October 17-19, 2019 join international research leaders in spinal cord injury, clinicians and consumers in Niagara Falls, Ontario for the Canadian Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Association (CSCI-RA) 8th National Conference.

The Conference organizing committee is putting together an exciting program featuring keynote addresses, podium and poster presentations, workshops, and breakout sessions. Additional highlights include a hands-on precourse and a delegate reception.

The 8th National Spinal Cord Injury conference was a huge success attracting over 400 delegates from across Canada and internationally. On behalf of the Organizing Committee we cordially invite you to actively participate in this Conference.

Dr. B. Catharine Craven, Heather Dow & Kristin Musselman
CSCI-RA Board of Directors