News and Events
The Comprehensive Wound Care Clinic at the University of Michigan is a multidisciplinary hub for patients who have outpatient wound management and treatment needs. By bringing together specialist providers from all aspects of wound care into one location, you can conveniently receive the best therapy options for wound healing.
Our SCIMS Advisory Council Chair, Tom Hoatlin, recently travelled to the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
His job as the Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation sent him to conduct a daylong Peer Mentor training at The Rehab of the Pacific, a traumatic spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation hospital in Honolulu. Twenty local people, living with paralysis, their family members and caregivers, attended the training and have become Certified Peer Mentors in the Peer & Family Support Program. With their new training, they will now meet with new patients and family members to provide emotional support and identify resources.
Tom extended his trip another seven days as it was his first time in Hawaii. He joked that there is no need for the ADA “police” in Honolulu. From curb cuts and perfect ocean front boardwalks to elevator lifts and ramps into the ocean he found it to be one of the most accessible cities he has visited. He was very impressed with the Blue Hawaiian Helicopter excursion as they had a chair lift to accommodate patrons with disabilities. “The one hour flight revealed some of the most breathtaking land and seascapes I've ever seen. A once in a lifetime experience for me, especially because it was my 50th birthday," Hoatlin said.
In partnership with The Rehab of the Pacific, Project Surf was conducting a swim clinic to teach people with disabilities how to swim. Tom had not planned on getting in the water while in Hawaii but his new local friends convinced him to go to the clinic on Waikiki Beach. He not only attended but he swam with a very skilled instructor. "Floating on my back in the Pacific Ocean staring up at the perfect blue sky and sun was one of the best memories of my trip," he said. He hadn't swam without flotation prior to this clinic and now feels more prepared for fun and safety.
Hoatlin found a very friendly and active disability community on Oahu. He met surfing, swimming and cycling paralympians as well as sky divers and kite boarders. Almost any water sport you can think of has been adapted for people with disabilities in Honolulu.
PM&R researchers speak at American Spinal Injury Association Conference in Chicago
Denise Tate, PhD, ABPP, Associate Chair for Research; David Tulsky, PhD, Departmental Director of Research; and Martin Forchheimer, MPP, all spoke at the Annual Conference of the American Spinal Injury Association, or ASIA. Dr. Tate’s talk was entitled, - Placebo Response With and Without Placebo: Tales of a Depression Trial for Persons with SCI/D. It was based on a clinical trial conducted by the SCI Model Systems during the 2006-2011 grant cycle. Dr. Tulsky’s presentation, entitled - Validation of the SCI-QOL and SCI-FI Measurement Systems for Persons with SCI, was based work conducted both through the SCI Model Systems grant and an NIH R01 grant which he has, both of which have developed and validated new measures of quality of life and functioning in SCI. Mr. Forchheimer gave two talks, one entitled - Subject Retention in a Clinical Trial of an Antidepressant for Treatment of Mild to Moderate Depressive Symptoms in People with SCI was based on the same trial that Dr. Tate spoke about. His second talk, - The International SCI Data Sets for Bowel and Bladder: Development of Interview Forms, was based on the development of an instrument that was done as part of the current SCI Model Systems grant. All four presentations were well-received.
Participate: Survey on UTIs in SCI
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in the Rehabilitation of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital is conducting a mini-survey on urinary tract infections (UTI) in people with SCI. UTI is the most common cause of outpatient infection and rehospitalization in people with SCI. This quick survey collects experiential data on frequency, symptoms, and treatment of UTI in people with SCI. The results will be used to understand the information needs of the SCI community and develop related materials.
Congratualtions are in order!
Each year, The University of Michigan Medical School recognizes exceptional accomplishments by faculty and staff in the areas of teaching, research, clinical care, community service and administration. These individuals have contributed their ideas and creativity; they are actively participating in the implementation of our plans; and they’re open to new ideas, tolerant of risk, and willing to change. University of Michigan Medical School 2013 Faculty Award for Clinical and Health Services Research was given to Denise G. Tate, Ph.D., principal investigator at U-M Spinal Cord Injury Model System.
Dr. Denise Tate and Dr. Gianna Rodriguez attended the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS, formerly IMSoP) 52nd annual meeting which met in Istanbul, Turkey October 27-30. ISCoS promotes the highest standard of care in the practice of spinal cord injury for men, women and children throughout the world. Through its medical and multi-disciplinary team of Professionals ISCoS endeavors to foster education, research and clinical excellence. ISCoS has a membership of over 1,000 Clinicians and Scientists from 87 countries. They regularly update their knowledge at the Annual Scientific Meeting held in a different country each year. ISCoS is continuously expanding both in membership and new horizons.
Incidence, Etiology and Treatment Approaches
Dr. Julia Greve, Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program in the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil visited the University of Michigan in September of this year and presented on the topic of SCI in Sao Paulo City, Brazil: Incidence, Etiology and Treatment Approaches. The city has one of the highest rates of motorcycle accidents (44.5%) in the world. Dr. Greve and Tate and colleagues at both medical schools are collaborating on a USP-UM funded a pilot initiative on driving assessment of elderly persons with and without disabilities. Researchers from Emergency Medicine, UMtri, School of Public Health and Psychiatry have joined PM&R researchers and Brazilian researchers on this joint venture. An educational symposium is being panned in Sao Paulo next year.
New health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act
Monkey Helpers for the Disabled places highly trained capuchin monkeys as service animals for adults with spinal cord injury and a variety of other mobility impairments to assist them with in-home tasks. Monkey helpers reduce dependence on caregivers to do many everyday tasks, and they provide loyal companionship as well. Helping Hands service monkeys are placed at no cost to our clients. Please visit http://www.monkeyhelpers.org/ for more information or click here to watch a video about eligibility.
Preventing Injury: From Research to Practice to People
The Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the University of Michigan Injury Center joined forces to present a special fall injury conference. The two-day event featured national and regional experts in injury prevention and translation. SCIMS researchers, Martin Forchheimer, MPP and Denise G Tate, PhD, examined the factors that explain the dynamics of emergency room (ER) visits and hospitalizations among people with chronic spinal cord injuries (SCI) with data collected as part of a pilot study funded by the U-M Injury Center. To learn more, view photos from the event, review other research entries and to listen to keynote and plenary addresses please visit their website and view our poster .
It’s flu season, and people with disabilities don’t receive the flu shot at the rate they should. Many people with disabilities and chronic conditions fall into the ‘high risk’ category for serious flu complications, and getting the flu shot is a critical part of staying healthy and independent. The Partnership for Health and Disability is offering resources you can use to help your constituents get the facts – and get the shot.
Flunearyou.org allows the user to enter his or her zip code, and learn about flu activity near them, and where they can get the flu shot.
Research Participants Needed
The University of Michigan is conducting a new study to learn more about how neurogenic bladder and bowel in people with spinal cord injury affect quality of life. We're also very interested in speaking with caregivers/personal attendants.
The study is designed for people with neurogenic bladder and bowel due to an SCI which occurred less than a year ago or whose injury happened more than 10 years ago or a caregiver for someone with neurogenic bladder and bowel due to SCI. The study involves a one-on-one, face-to-face interview lasting 60-90 minutes. For those with SCI, there is also a series of surveys to complete by telephone taking another 60-80 minutes. You will be compensated for your time.
If you are interested, please call or email us at 734-763-6189 or DOD-SCIStudy@umich.edu and mentioned "DOD SCI Study" to learn more. (Study ID: HUM00068800 IRB: IRBMED Date Approved: 9/23/2013 Expiration Date: 11/19/2013)
Spinal Cord Support Group at MedRehab – Life goes on and so do we
Join the Spinal Cord Support Group for education and socialization with a relaxed, mutually supportive group of people who are living with spinal cord impairments.
The group meets at MedRehab over the lunch hour on the last Tuesday of each month. Participants have so far included people with spinal cord injuries, M.S., transverse myelitis, or spinal stenosis. Discussions have addressed adapting and continuing important activities, hiring and training caregivers, and communicating with healthcare providers.
The group is facilitated by Darlene Klien, case Manager and family counselor; and rehab psychologist Nancy Merbitz.
For more information, call Darlene at 734-998-8096. MedRehab is located at 355 Briarwood Circle, Building #4.