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Who We Are

Spinal Cord Injury Research Evidence (SCIRE) Community was developed by a team in the Rehabilitation Research Program at GF Strong Rehab Centre in Vancouver, BC with guidance and input throughout development by the SCIRE Community Working Group, which consists of a wide network of scientists, health professionals, and 19 community members, including people living with spinal cord injury and other community stakeholders in Canada.

SCIRE Project Executive

The SCIRE Project is co-lead by Dr. Janice Eng and Dr. Robert Teasell, for more information about the SCIRE Project Team, see SCIRE Professional.

SCIRE Community Team

Janice Eng, PhD, PT is a Professor of the Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia and Scientist at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre and the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) Research Centre in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Eng leads SCIRE Community and is a co-lead of the SCIRE Project.

Dominik Zbogar, PhD is the Coordinator for SCIRE Community at the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia and Rehabilitation Research Program at GF Strong Rehabilitation in Vancouver, Canada.

Sharon Jang, MSc is a Research Assistant for SCIRE Community at the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia and Rehabilitation Research Program at GF Strong Rehabilitation in Vancouver, Canada.

Shannon Sproule, BSc PT is a Clinician-Researcher in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia and Physical Therapist at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver, Canada. Shannon is a clinical consultant, writer, and reviewer for SCIRE Community and SCIRE Professional.

Hannah Goodings, MSc is a Research Assistant for SCIRE Community at the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia and Rehabilitation Research Program at GF Strong Rehabilitation in Vancouver, Canada.

 

SCIRE Community Contributors

Authors, Reviewers, and Interviewees

We are grateful to the contributions of clinical, research, and community members for reviewing our content and assisting with the project in many different ways.

Rachel Abel, OT | Occupational Therapist, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Article reviewer: Housing After Spinal Cord Injury

Susan Andrews, RN | Certified Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurse, Enterostomal Therapist at Fraser Health Authority
Article reviewer: Pressure Injuries

Arlene Aspinall, RN | Vancouver General Hospital | National Clinical Liaison, Praxis Spinal Cord Institute
Article reviewer: Emergency and Hospital Care

Peggy Assinck, PhD | Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, MRC Wellcome Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge
Article reviewer: Stem Cells and Spinal Cord Injury

Chris S. Bailey, MD, FRCSC | Associate Professor, Western University
Article reviewer: Neuroprotection

Jaimie Borisoff, PhD | Research Director, British Columbia Institute of Technology | Principal Investigator, ICORD
Article reviewer: Wheelchair Propulsion Assist Devices

Darryl Caves, PT | Physiotherapist, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Article reviewer: Orthostatic Hypotension, Shoulder Injuries (Coming Soon), Supported Standing

Sherry Caves | Community Member
Article interviewee: Resilience Has No Bounds – Sherry’s Journey as a Mother Living With SCI

John Cobb, BScOT | Occupational Therapist II, Vancouver General Hospital Acute Spine Program
Article interviewee: Insights and Experiences of an Occupational Therapist

B. Catharine Craven, MD, MSc, FRCPC | Physiatrist and Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network | Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Article reviewer: Osteoporosis After Spinal Cord Injury

Sonja de Groot, PhD | Associate Professor, Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Physiology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Article reviewer: Physical Activity After SCI

Ian Denison, PT | Physiotherapist, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Article Reviewer: Wheelchair Maintenance
Video interviewee: Falls Prevention: 5 situations that most commonly cause falls from a wheelchair, Falls Prevention: Moving the Wheelchair Unexpectedly, Falls Prevention: Positioning in Your Wheelchair, Falls Prevention: Safe Transfers From a Wheelchair, Falls Prevention: Wheelchair Set-up

Amrit Dhaliwal, PT | Physiotherapist, Inpatient Spinal Cord Program, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Article reviewer: Acupuncture, Spinal Cord Injury Basics, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

Stacy Elliott, MD | Clinical Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Urologic Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia | Medical Director, BC Centre for Sexual Medicine
Video interviewee: Breastfeeding After Spinal Cord Injury: Assistive Aid, Breastfeeding After Spinal Cord Injury: Complications, Sex After Spinal Cord Injury: An Introduction, Sex After Spinal Cord Injury: Sexual Self-Esteem, Sexual Health and Spinal Cord Injury: The 3-Step Method, Spinal Cord Injury: A Sexual Health Framework, 3 Sexual Medicine Principles and Spinal Cord Injury, 5 Guidelines for Addressing Sexual Health after Spinal Cord Injury

Janice Eng, PhD, BSc(PT/OT) | University Killam Professor & Canada Research Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia | Co-Director, Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
Article reviewer: Autonomic Dysreflexia, Cannabis (Marijuana) and Cannabinoids, Understanding Research Evidence

Stephanie Gillespie, NP | Lactation Consultant
Video interviewee: Breastfeeding After Spinal Cord Injury: Assistive Aids, Breastfeeding After Spinal Cord Injury: Complications

Brad Hallam, PhD, RPsych | Neuropsychologist, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Article reviewer: Depression After SCI

Susan Harkema, PhD | Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, Anatomical Sciences & Neurobiology, University of Louisville; Associate Director, Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center; Director of Research, Frazier Rehabilitation Institute; Director, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s Neurorecovery Network; Rehabilitation Research Director, Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center
Article reviewer: Epidural Stimulation

Jaashing He | Student, University of British Columbia
Article author: Shoulder Injuries (Coming Soon)

Tiana Hesmert | Community Member
Video interviewee: Functional Electrical Stimulation After Spinal Cord Injury: Improving Motor Function and Beyond

Shea Hocaloski, RN | Sexual Health Clinician, Blusson Spinal Cord Centre
Article reviewer: Breastfeeding After SCI (Coming Soon)

Karen Hodge | Community Member
Video interviewee: Breastfeeding After Spinal Cord Injury: Complications

Lesley Houle, RN | Sexual Health Clinician, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Article reviewer: Sexual Health After Spinal Cord Injury

Linda Hunt | Community Member
Video interviewee: Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury: Why Do It?

Brad Jacobsen | Peer Program Coordinator, SCI-BC Resource Centre, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Video interviewee: Sex After Spinal Cord Injury: An Introduction, Sex After Spinal Cord Injury: Sexual Self-Esteem, Sexual Health and Spinal Cord Injury: The 3-Step Method

Sharon Jang, MSc | SCIRE Community Research Assistant, University of British Columbia
Article author: Abdominal Binders, Adapted Driving, Adapted Sport (Coming Soon), Breastfeeding and Spinal Cord Injury (Coming Soon), COVID-19 Infographic: COVID-19 & SCI, Epidural Stimulation, Housing After Spinal Cord Injury, Infectious Respiratory Conditions, Manual Wheelchairs, The Microbiome in Spinal Cord Injury, Physical Activity After Spinal Cord Injury, Powered Mobility DevicesRespiratory Changes After Spinal Cord Injury, Robotic Exoskeletons, Sleep Disordered Breathing After SCI, Stem Cells and Spinal Cord Injury, Wheelchair Maintenance, Wheelchair Propulsion Assist DevicesWheelchair Provision, Wheelchair Seating

Geoff Jessup | Community Member
Video interviewee: Epidural Stimulation After Spinal Cord Injury: Restoration of Motor and Autonomic Function

Gita Joshi, RD | Dietician, GF Strong Rehabilitation Center
Article reviewer: Dietary Fibre

Andrei Krassioukov, MD, PhD, FRCPC | Physiatrist, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre | Associate Director and Scientist, ICORD, University of British Columbia
Article reviewer: Autonomic Dysreflexia
Video interviewee: Breastfeeding After Spinal Cord Injury: Complications, Epidural Stimulation After Spinal Cord Injury: Restoration of Motor and Autonomic Function

Lisa Kristalovich, OT | Occupational Therapist, Driver Rehab, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Article reviewer: Adapted Driving

Tania Lam, PhD, PT | Professor, UBC School of Kinesiology | Principal Investigator, ICORD
Article reviewer: Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training

Amanda Lee, MSc | Research Coordinator, ICORD, University of British Columbia
Video interviewee: Breastfeeding After Spinal Cord Injury: Complications

Johnson Liu | Student, University of British Columbia
Article author: Breastfeeding After SCI (Coming Soon)

Riley Louie, PhD, PT | Physiotherapist, St. Paul’s Hospital | Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia
Article reviewer: Robotic Exoskeletons, Spinal Cord Anatomy

Sean Lynn | Community Member
Video interviewee: Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury: Why Do It?, Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury: How to Adapt Equipment

Jasmin Ma, PhD | Assistant Professor of Teaching, School of Kinesiology, University of British Columbia | Clinical Investigator, Arthritis Research Canada
Video interviewee: Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury: Why Do It?, Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury: How to Begin, Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury: How to Adapt Equipment

Kathleen Martin Ginis, PhD | Director, UBC Faculty of Medicine Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management | Principal Investigator, ICORD, University of British Columbia
Article reviewer: Exercise Guidelines for Adults With SCI

Kristen McBride | Community Member
Video interviewee: Breastfeeding After Spinal Cord Injury: Assistive Aids, Breastfeeding After Spinal Cord Injury: Complications, Breastfeeding After Spinal Cord Injury: Kristen’s Story

Katherine Mifflin, PhD | Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Neuroscience, The Ohio State University
Article reviewer: Infectious Respiratory Conditions After SCI

Patricia Mills, MD, MHSc, FRCPC | Clinical Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia | Principal Investigator, ICORD | Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Article reviewer: Baclofen, Botulinum Toxin, Pain After Spinal Cord Injury
Video participant: Spinal Cord Injury: Downfalls of Treating Non-problematic Spasticity, Spasticity and Spinal Cord Injury: 3 Common Triggers, Spasticity and Spinal Cord Injury: Optimizing Spasticity Management, Spasticity and Spinal Cord Injury: Monitoring and Management, Spasticity and Spinal Cord Injury: Physiological Basis, Spasticity and Spinal Cord Injury: Problematic vs. Non-problematic Spasticity, Spasticity and Spinal Cord Injury: Spasticity as a Red Flag

Vanessa Mok, PharmD, RPh | Pharmacist
Article author: Cannabis (Marijuana) and Cannabinoids, Dietary Fibre, The Microbiome in Spinal Cord Injury, Stem Cells and Spinal Cord Injury

Cynthia Morin, OT | Occupational Therapist, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Article reviewer: COVID-19 Factsheet: Guidance for SCI Caregivers, COVID-19 Factsheet: Spinal Cord Injury Specifics

Rachael Neal, PhD, RPsych | Psychologist, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Article reviewer: COVID-19 Factsheet: Mental Health Support and SCI, COVID-19 Factsheet: Social Isolation and SCI

Cathy Nevens, RN | Patient Care Coordinator: SCI Program, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Article reviewer: Abdominal Binders

Sheryl Newman | Community Member
Video interviewee: Breastfeeding After Spinal Cord Injury: Assistive Aids, Breastfeeding After Spinal Cord Injury: Sheryl’s Story

Rachel Nicoletti, RN(C), BSN | Sexual Health Clinician, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Article reviewer: Sexual Health After Spinal Cord Injury

Tom Nightingale, PhD | Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham
Video interviewee: Neuromodulation for Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury

Bonnie Nybo, RN, NCA | Clinical Resource Nurse/Nurse Continence Advisor, GF Strong Rehabilitation Center
Article reviewer: Bladder Changes After Spinal Cord Injury, Bowel Changes After Spinal Cord Injury, Urinary Catheters, Urinary Tract Infections
Video interviewee: Sex After Spinal Cord Injury: An Introduction, <5 Guidelines for Addressing Sexual Health After Spinal Cord Injury

Janet Parker, RD | Registered Dietician, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Article reviewer: Dietary Fibre

Tova Plashkes, MSc(PT) | Physiotherapist, Inpatient Spinal Cord Program, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre | National Clinical Liaison, Rick Hansen Institute
Article reviewer: Emergency and Hospital Care, Respiratory Changes After Spinal Cord Injury, Spinal Cord Injury Basics

Christine Poirier, PT | Physiotherapist, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Video interviewee: Functional Electrical Stimulation After Spinal Cord Injury: Improving Motor Function and Beyond

Courtney Pollock, PhD, BHSc(PT) | Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Article reviewer: Adapted Sport (coming soon)

Phillip Popovich, PhD | Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience; Executive Director, Belford Center for Spinal Cord Injury; Director, Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair, The Ohio State University
Article reviewer: The Microbiome in Spinal Cord Injury, Infectious Respiratory Conditions After SCI

Nicole Saleh | Community Member
Video interviewee: Breastfeeding After Spinal Cord Injury: Assistive Aids, Breastfeeding After Spinal Cord Injury: Nicole’s Story

Brad Skeats | Community Member
Video interviewee: Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury: Why Do It?, Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury: How to Adapt Equipment

Emma M. Smith, PhD, OT, ATP/SMS | Postdoctoral Fellow, Assisting Learning and Living (ALL) Institute, Maynooth University
Article reviewer: Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Mobility Devices, Wheelchair Provision, Wheelchair Seating

Shannon Sproule, BScPT | Physiotherapist, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Article reviewer: Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training, Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), Inspiratory Muscle Training, Pressure Mapping, Spinal Cord Injury Basics, Understanding Rehabilitation
Video interviewee: Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury: Why Do It?, Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury: How to Begin, Exercise After Spinal Cord Injury: What to Consider

Teri Thorson | Virtual Peer Program Coordinator, SCI BC; Board Member, BC Wheelchair Sports; President, WC Race Series
Video interviewee: Breastfeeding After Spinal Cord Injury: Assistive Aids, Breastfeeding After Spinal Cord Injury: Complications, Sex After Spinal Cord Injury: Sexual Self-Esteem

Holly Timms, OT | Occupational Therapist, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Article reviewer: Spasticity

Andrea Townson, MD, FRCPC | Physiatrist, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre | Co-Acting Head, UBC Department of Medicine | SCIRE Project Executive
Article reviewer: Cannabis (Marijuana) and Cannabinoids, COVID-19 Factsheet: Guidance for SCI Caregivers, COVID-19 Factsheet: Spinal Cord Injury Specifics

Arun Verma, PhD | Associate Professor of Teaching, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia
Video interviewee: Intrathecal Baclofen for Reducing Spasticity After Spinal Cord Injury

Viet Vu, DO | SCI Physiatrist, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Article reviewer: Sleep Disordered Breathing After SCI
Video interviewee: Intrathecal Baclofen for Reducing Spasticity After Spinal Cord Injury

Felicia Wong, PT | Physiotherapist, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre
Article reviewer: Spasticity

Dominik Zbogar, PhD | SCIRE Community Coordinator, University of British Columbia
Article author: COVID-19 Infographic: COVID-19 & SCI, Dietary Fibre, Epidural Stimulation, Exercise Guidelines for Adults With SCIUrinary Tract Infections

 

Greek Translation Team

Chados A., MD, General Hospital of Athens “G.Gennimatas”
Dimopoulou C., Lawyer, LLm, CIPP/E
Emmanouil D., MD, FEBPRM, GHA “G.Gennimatas”
Feridou D., SLT, 414 Military Hospital of Special Diseases (MHSD)
Freri A., OT, 414 MHSD
Kollia M., Business Consultant,
Kontaxakis A., MD, FEBPRM, 414 MHSD
Manolis I., PT, 414 MHSD
Manthos P., MD, FEBPRM, GHA “G.Gennimatas”
Moumtzi-Nakka E., MD, FEBPRM, 414 MHSD
Rapidi C.A., PhD, LFEBPRM, GHA “G.Gennimatas”
Theodoropoulou M.,Jurist, LLM
Tzemi A., MSc, PT, 414 MHSD
Vassilakis R., MD, GHA “G.Gennimatas”

Past Team Members

Christina Cassady, MScPT
Chelsea Chua
Jaashing He
Johnson Liu
Tiev Miller, MSc, MEd
Vanessa Mok
Amanda Mow, MPT