The National Institute of Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research recently awarded the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai a $2,280,000 Spinal Cord Injury Model System grant awarded over 5 years.

Mount Sinai was one of 14 national institutions, and the only institution in New York State, to receive a grant.

Via the grant, Mount Sinai will contribute and participate in independent and collaborative research, and provide information and resources to individuals with SCI, their family and caregivers, health care professionals, and the general public, according to a media release from Mount Sinai Health System.

In addition, Mount Sinai will provide a regional multidisciplinary system of care that includes a number of innovative clinical programs for people with SCI in the New York City metropolitan area; contribute longitudinal data to the SCI national database; conduct one local research project to evaluate a novel approach to clinical inpatient treatment; and participate in three collaborative module research projects with other Model System centers, the release continues.

“Receiving this grant will enable Mount Sinai to positively affect the quality of life for many individuals with SCI and provide research breakthroughs for the important community that we serve,” says Thomas Bryce, MD, professor of rehabilitation medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

“Our goal is to ultimately improve the quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injuries,” states Joseph Herrera, DO, system chairman and Lucy G. Moses professor of the Department of Rehabilitation, Mount Sinai Health System, in the release. “We want to help patients and their families receive excellent care and also provide them with innovative and ground breaking technological advances and clinical trials that will change their lives.”

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is also a federally funded Traumatic Brain Injury Model System and is one of only 7 centers in the U.S. to hold both grants, the release notes.

[Source: Mount Sinai Health System]