SCI 2020: Launching a Decade for Disruption in Spinal Cord Injury Research

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NICHD/NCMRR)
Feb. 12–13, 2019

Natcher Conference Center, NIH Campus
Bethesda, Maryland

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The goal of the 'SCI 2020: Launching a Decade for Disruption in Spinal Cord Injury Research' conference is to initiate discussion across the SCI research community to launch a new decade of research that disrupts traditional barriers and brings about collaborative efforts to address the key research questions in spinal cord injury research.  This conference is designed to be a comprehensive stakeholder’s meeting to bring diverse experience and voices together with this common goal.  The participants will be challenged to critically evaluate the state of the science, assess areas of scientific, technological and community readiness, and identify the collaborations needed to change the trajectory of research and clinical opportunities for people with SCI. 


  1. To address and raise awareness of recent progress and current gaps in SCI research
  2. To provide opportunities for collaboration across basic, translational, clinical research and consumer groups
  3. To identify the top SCI research priorities for next 5-10 years -- of and for the SCI research community -- at the intersection of Scientific / Technological / Community Readiness

The meeting steering committees are continuing to develop and refine the agenda. Meeting planning is going well, and we’re excited about the content that is being developed, as well as the discussions they should initiate. Please continue to check back at the Registration site for the updated meeting agenda, which is available at the Agenda tab of the registration site.

  • If you plan to attend in person, please be sure to book your hotel room soon. A limited number of rooms are reserved at the government rate at the Bethesda Marriott Hotel on Pooks Hill Road. The room block will only be guaranteed until January 4th, so don’t delay! Hotel information is available on the Logistics tab of the conference registration site.
  • If you are unable to attend in person, don’t worry, this meeting will be live-streamed at the NIH Videocasting site and the archived recording will be available within a few days of the conference.

The poster session application process is now open! Applications are due by January 15th. Space is limited, so only 48 posters will be selected. The goal of the poster session is to help facilitate collaborations and knowledge transfer, therefore the posters and abstracts are in a non-traditional format. Please read the instructions carefully before applying. The application information and form can be found under the Poster Session tab of the registration site.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us, and stay tuned for details on the Breakout Sessions and Lunch and Learn coming soon.

Posted: Dec. 26, 2018