Spinal Cord Injury Research

Participate in Spinal Cord Research

Learn about current spinal cord injury clinical trials and studies at Shepherd Center. To be considered for current and future research studies, complete and submit our Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Research Intake Form.

Our Focus for Spinal Cord Injury Studies

Shepherd Center supports translational and clinical research efforts. Our research teams ensure that studies are scientifically sound, keep participants safe and have the potential to advance the field of spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

We partner with academic institutions and industry leaders to develop solutions and therapies for paralysis, spasticity, pain and autonomic dysfunction, as well as a variety of other consequences of spinal cord injury.

Shepherd Center focuses on preserving neurological function through injury prevention, increasing function through intervention, and setting the standard for independence and quality of life for individuals with spinal cord and brain injuries.

The Future of Spinal Cord Injury Research

A primary interest of the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program at Shepherd Center is the concept of restorative neurology. We use the latest neuroscientific evidence to develop interventions. By applying those interventions, we promote beneficial reorganization of neural circuits and restoration of function.

Through their work in the Hulse Spinal Cord Injury Lab, researchers in the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program at Shepherd Center aim to translate discoveries made in basic science research and promote recovery in humans with spinal cord injury.

Our Hope for Spinal Cord Injury Research Studies

The Spinal Cord Injury Research Team at Shepherd Center looks to better understand how physical rehabilitation affects changes in the nervous system. Physical rehabilitation helps to restore hand and walking function and reduce spasticity in patients with spinal cord injury.

For questions regarding spinal cord injury (SCI) research at Shepherd Center, contact us by email at sciresearch@shepherd.org.

Shepherd Center’s Spinal Cord Injury Research Team

  • Edelle Field-Fote, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA

    Director, Spinal Cord Injury Research & The Hulse Spinal Cord Injury Laboratory

    As director of spinal cord injury (SCI) research and the Hulse Spinal Injury Laboratory at Shepherd Center, Dr. Field-Fote leads a team dedicated to improving motor function in persons with SCI... Read More

  • Jennifer Iddings, Ph.D.

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Hulse Spinal Cord Injury Laboratory

    Dr. Iddings joined the Hulse Spinal Cord Injury Lab in the fall of 2015. A basic scientist by training, she is excited to apply her expertise in vascular and neural physiology to the field of... Read More

  • Stephen Estes, Ph.D.

    Post-Doctorate Fellow, SCI Clinical Research Scientist

    Dr. Estes joined the Spinal Cord Injury Lab as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Fall of 2015. A cellular neuroscientist by training, he is interested in applying his knowledge of neuromodulation... Read More

  • Nicholas Evans, MHS, CEP

    Clinical Exercise Physiologist, SCI Clinical Research Scientist

    Nick currently holds dual positions at Shepherd Center in the Beyond Therapy® program and in the Spinal Cord Injury Laboratory as a clinical exercise physiologist and research assistant in which he... Read More

  • Sarah Callahan, MOT, OTR/L

    Occupational Therapist, SCI Clinical Research Scientist

    Sarah started at the Shepherd Center in early 2013 as a spinal cord injury research fellow, where her time was divided between treating patients across the continuum of care and assisting with... Read More

  • Brandon Poe, MPA

    Research Program and Data Manager, Hulse Spinal Cord Injury Lab

    Brandon serves as Shepherd Center’s project manager for the Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SR-SCIMS). He oversees the collection and management activities for the SCIMS Form... Read More

  • Allison McIntyre, MOT, OTR/L

    Occupational Therapist, SCI Clinical Research Scientist

    Allison is an occupational therapist and research scientist in the Spinal Cord Injury Research Lab. She coordinates the research study titled Conditioning Neural Circuits in Upper Extremity Function... Read More

  • Janice Tilley

    Senior Data Collector

    Janice has served as the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems (SCIMS) data collector for the long-term data (Form 2) since 2001. She has contributed to data entry for National Spinal Cord Injury... Read More

  • Tori Galatas, MOT, OTR/L

    Occupational Therapist, SCI Research Fellow

    After graduating with her master's degree in occupational therapy, Tori joined the Shepherd Center as a spinal cord injury research fellow in 2017. Her time is split between collaborating with the... Read More

  • Cathy Furbish, PT, DPT, CLT

    Physical Therapist, SCI Clinical Research Scientist

    In her role as a research scientist physical therapist in spinal cord injury research, Cathy coordinates Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems collaborative projects. For this SCIMS cycle, the projects... Read More