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Other Projects & Initiatives

Below are a few more examples of translational research and best practice implementation activities that we are collaborating with other research organizations on.

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Accreditation Standards in SCI Care

In 2012, RHI partnered with Accreditation Canada to develop comprehensive and evidence-based standards for SCI care in acute and rehabilitation settings. These standards were developed to become a vehicle for advancing consistency and reliability of SCI care across Canada, while utilizing the same accreditation process that most hospitals and rehabilitation centres already participate in. Members of RHI are working with RHSCIR facilities across Canada to participate in the SCI Standards.

Learn more about the SCI accreditation standards

RHI tools to support accreditation (you will be redirected to sci2.rickhanseninstitute.org)

Supporting Accreditation fact sheet

Canadian Spine Outcomes and Research Network (CSORN)

In partnership with the Canadian Spine Society, the CSORN study tracks specific outcome measures of different surgical techniques used to treat spinal condition in the creation of a national health data registry.

The registry includes 15 sites across Canada and data collection will be comprised primarily of participant and physician reported outcomes. Ultimately this registry will provide spine surgeons and researchers across Canada with access to current data on operative procedures and outcomes.

Learn more about CSORN


Cerebrospinal Fluid Pressure Monitoring and Biomarker Validation (CAMPER)

The CAMPER study is a multi-centre clinical trial examining spinal cord perfusion pressure and biomarker analysis. The study will help establish best practice guidelines for managing the spinal cord perfusion pressure, which could minimize secondary damage as a result of acute injury and therefore improve recovery. It also aims to cross-validate a biochemical model for classifying the initial severity of paralysis and predicting the extent of neurological recovery. The CAMPER study is being conducted at six hospitals across Canada and the US.

Clinicaltrials.gov #NCT01279811

CAMPER fact sheet


Health Economics: Agenda for SCI Research in Canada RHI and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation are supporting the development and implementation of a health economics agenda for SCI research in Canada. The intent is to enhance decision-making in SCI care and the allocation of limited healthcare resources and research funding to support the translation of best practices; avoid excess healthcare costs; and protect and promote the well-being of Canadians who sustain a SCI throughout the continuum.

Health Economics report



The Home-based observations and monitoring of events related to urinary tract infections in SCI (HOME-SCI) study looks at the value of regular monitoring of bladder health by using a non-invasive monitoring system. Participants monitor the health of their bladder in consultation with a research nurse during weekly video-conferences. The study is currently being conducted at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre in Vancouver, BC and St. Joseph's Healthcare London in Ontario. 

Study website (redirected to icord.org)

ISNCSCI Algorithm The International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury (ISNCSCI) is an examination used to determine the motor and sensory impairment and severity of a spinal cord injury. The American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) International Standards Committee is responsible for reviewing and revising the ISNCSCI to reflect current evidence. RHI's use of the ASIA International Standards is by permission of ASIA.


ISNCSCI Algorithm fact sheet


Minocycline in Acute SCI Minocycline, an antibiotic that has been used as an acne treatment for over 30 years, has demonstrated neuroprotective properties in animal models that minimize inflammation and secondary damage to the spinal cord. This multi-centre clinical trial addresses its efficacy and safety for use in human clinical trials and currently includes participating hospitals in Canada and Australia.

Clinicaltrials.gov #NCT01828203

Minocycline fact sheet


Perinatal Interest Group Representing women with SCI, clinicians and researchers with an interest in sexuality, fertility and reproductive health, the mandate of this group is to initiate collaborative discussions for addressing significant gaps in knowledge and services for women with SCI

Resources for sexual health after SCI

Learn about pregnancy and SCI


Rehab E-Scan Atlas

This first atlas of Canadian SCI rehabilitation enables rehabilitation providers, people with SCI and their care-givers with evidence-based data to advocate for preventive care, improved clinical care services and a reduction in regional service disparity. The Atlas contains information on the SCI Rehabilitation Framework, rehab goals identified as a priority by people with SCI and spotlight best practice organizations across Canada.

 Download a free copy



SCI Community Survey

The largest study of its kind ever done in Canada among people with SCI, the primary intent of the SCI Community Survey is to confirm the most important SCI-specific needs of Canadians with SCI and how sucessfully those needs are being met. The preliminary reports (traumatic and non-traumatic) provide an overview of the results including information on demographics, frequency and impact of specific secondary complications, need for services, social impacts and quality of life.

 View a summary of results (preliminary analysis)

> SCICS fact sheet



SCI Knowledge Mobilization Network

SCI KMN is a community of practice that has evolved out of a national best practice implementation effort. The goal of the network is to improve health outcomes for individuals with SCI with demonstrated economic impact through implementation science leading to innovations in clinical practice. To date, the KMN initiative has trained over 300 staff in pressure ulcer best practices, initiated work in pain management, and approximately 50 staff have received “hands on” training in implementation science methodology at the six facilities throughout Canada.

SCI KMN fact sheet


Spinal Cord Injury Research Evidence

SCIRE project is dedicated to providing up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of rehabilitation care for people with SCI. SCIRE reviews and rates the research on SCI and puts the results on the web – eliminating the need to search and screen individual databases.


SCIRE fact sheet