Clinical Research and Clinical Trials

The known benefits of exercise along with anecdotal and clinical case study evidence provides strong support for the value of Activity Based Restorative Therapies (ABRT) in helping individuals with spinal cord injury recover sensation, function, and mobility. The next step for spinal cord injury researchers will be evaluating the results of clinical trials designed to measure the therapies’ efficacy.

Volunteers Needed:

NA_00044093: Virtual Sailing Simulator in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury -- Adults With Spinal Cord Injury Who want to learn how to sail
Principal Investigator: Albert Recio, MD, PT

NA_00014481: Patterned FES Ergometry of Arm and Shoulder in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury
Principal Investigator: Cristina Sadowsky, MD

NA_00001271: Relationship of MRI to ASIA Impairment Scale in Chronic Spinal Cord Injury
Principal Investigator: Visar Belegu, PhD

IRB_00037076: CAPTURE: Collaborative Assessment of Pediatric Transverse Myelitis: Understand, Reveal, Educate
Principal Investigator: Albert Recio, M.D., P.T. 

NA_00091797: Pediatric Multi-Center Evaluation of Notable SCI Outcome Instruments, evaluation of Outcome Instruments when Applied to Children
Principal Investigator: Cristina Sadowsky, M.D.

IRB_00037075: Linking Adult and Pediatric Outcomes Instruments
Principal Investigator: Cristina Sadowsky, MD

This is a non-intervention study. The pediatric and adult CATs and their respective short forms will be administered as a way to validate the linking estimates established in the pilot work. The pediatric and adult CATs will be administered to children (child-report) and parents (parent report) using study-designated tablets that contain the CAT software programs and short forms will be pen and paper.

Ongoing Clinical Trials (No Longer Recruiting Volunteers):

NA_00016421: FES-driven Stepping in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury
Principal Investigator: Cristina Sadowsky, MD

The objective of this ongoing project is to establish the safety of utilizing a FES-driven stepping device (RT600, Restorative Therapies, Inc.) in the gait training of individuals with spinal cord injury. We are testing two hypotheses, that:

  1. RT600 is safe to use in individuals with motor complete and incomplete spinal cord injury.
  2. Gait training with RT600 improves gait parameters in individuals with chronic incomplete SCI.

Please note that this trial is closed for recruitment.

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If you need additional information about a specific clinical research or if you think that you may be eligible, please call the ICSCI Clinical Research Coordinator at 443-923-9235 or Please be prepared to leave a detailed message, including the protocol number of the clinical research you are interested in and your contact information so that we may respond with a confidential message for you.