CSCI-RA Logo_2clrJoin us in downtown Niagara Falls for the pre-eminent gathering of clinicians, physicians, research scientists and consumers from across Canada and North America who are focused on achieving recovery and optimizing function for individuals living with spinal cord injury.

The 7th National SCI Conference, similar to prior events, focuses on how clinical care is designed, interpreted, delivered and evaluated using biological and clinical evidence to shape rehabilitation practice. In addition, we have planned a unique discussion of how advances in military medicine have informed SCI care and plan to highlight the unique needs and challenges of individuals with SCI injured in combat Key note speakers, along with workshops and oral and poster presentations, will provide clinicians and scientists opportunities to utilize information generated from multiple sources (i.e. clinical guidelines, algorithms, new technologies and rehabilitation interventions, decision support and economic analysis, and policy change, and new discoveries ) to customize and advance the rehabilitation of individuals with SCI over their lifetime. In addition, we plan a special acknowledgement of our veterans on Remembrance Day.

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Military Medicine and Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation: A Novel Intersection

Often associated with the care of battle injuries, military medicine covers many fields including but not limited to infectious diseases, occupational and environmental health – incorporating submarine and aerospace medicine – disaster medicine, as well as military psychiatry and psychology, to name a few. From the introduction of large-scale immunization to prevent disease, first use of motorized vehicles to transport casualties, blood-clotting dressings, to bionic prosthetic limbs, military medicine is responsible for many innovations that are today part of civilian health and rehabilitation services.
During the Second World War injured soldiers started receiving physical and occupational therapy for the first time, starting physiatry and rehabilitation as we know it. In Canada, a group of veterans with spinal cord injury founded the Canadian Paraplegic Association which, along with medical leaders, created the first rehabilitation centre dedicated to spinal cord injury in the country and only the second one in the world. Lyndhurst Lodge, as it was called, opened its doors on January 15th 1945 with 10 patients.

Many things have changed in the last seven decades. The Canadian Paraplegic Association recently became Spinal Cord Injury Canada with provincial chapters across the nation and thousands of members. And the institution that the vision and efforts of those brave men created, is now the Lyndhurst Centre of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network. The Lyndhurst centre serves 300 inpatients with its 60 inpatient beds and has over 20,000 outpatient visits each year.–>

Today, we invite the community to look into the past, present, and future impact of military medicine on spinal cord injury rehabilitation, to be amazed, and to say “”thank you.”

Conference Objectives:

  1. Recite the importance of veterans needs and concerns in driving innovation in technology and SCI rehab service in the last 70+ years.
  2. Provide an opportunity to see, hear and discuss the latest advances on knowledge care, clinical application and policy change in the field of SCI rehabilitation.

On November 911, 2017 join international research leaders in spinal cord injury, clinicians and consumers in Niagara Falls, ON for the 7th National Spinal Cord Injury Conference: Remember.  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 pre-course and a delegate reception.  The 6th National Spinal Cord Injury conference was a huge success attracting over 350 delegates from across Canada and the world. By sponsoring this conference, you will have an open gateway to over 400 healthcare professionals and decision-makers within the spinal cord injury field.

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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









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