Sunday, May 5 - Friday, May 17, 2019
The Ohio State University Spinal Cord Injury Training Program (SCITP) was awarded funding from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to continue the Spinal Cord Injury Training Program. The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation’s funding is dedicated to supporting both programs and scientific research to improve the quality of life for those affected by and living with spinal cord injury in order to honor its founder and ensure that individuals with spinal cord injuries, and those who care for them, live full and productive lives as active participants in their communities. The 2019 course will start on Sunday, May 5, 2019 and end at noon on Friday, May 17, 2019.
Applications for the 2019 program are due no later than March 1, 2019. For further information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Mission: Working to improve the lives of people with spinal cord injury by training a community of scientists to use the best possible research methods.
The OSU SCI research training program is designed for scientists and trainees entering the field who desire in-depth and hands-on training from experts in SCI research methods. The curriculum will emphasize proficiency in technical skills and understanding of historical background and current SCI research approaches.
The objectives of the program (General Curriculum) are:
- to teach to proficiency in spinal cord laminectomy surgery, care of injured rodents, and behavioral assessment of locomotor function, and
- to provide group and individualized hands-on laboratory experience with a wide range of methods used for spinal cord injury research, a variety of rodent injury models and surgical approaches, behavioral and physiological outcome measures, and neuroanatomical methods.
The laboratory work is accompanied by interactive lectures and group discussions on topics ranging from principles of responsible animal care and use to current research "hot" topics and human perspectives and translational potential. Guest faculty, individuals with SCI and representatives of SCI funding agencies will round out the program with additional perspectives.
Comments from past participants
The faculty and staff of the OSU SCI Training program take pride in the feedback we have received from our former participants. The program offers opportunities to continue to network and interact with past enrollees through e-mail, WEB-CT, and at national and scientific meetings. Read some of the comments from our feedback forms:
- "This course exceeded my expectations. I never imagined I would learn so much. Not only did I learn the fundamentals but I received stimulating input from the professors and fellow participants. I'm leaving the course highly motivated to continue and better develop my own experiments."
- "I have never been in a lab before where animal care and handling was that professional! I can take many good ideas back home."
- "The clinical perspective is valuable and essential in the research field."
- "Having a personal coach [for surgical training] was truly amazing and switching coaches allowed me to use the techniques that suited me best."
- "The course is the best I have attended so far. It is very well organized and coordinated. The enthusiasm and the passion of all the faculty members and the technical support is great. We had a very good balance between the lab and course work."
Introduction to SCI research & Introduction to individuals with SCI
Laboratory Sessions: Surgical training in rat or mouse laminectomy and SCI, Care of SCI animals, BBB or BMS training.
Participants will receive focused training on surgery and locomotor recovery of rats OR mice. There will be time for exposure to the other species, but participants will need to select whether they want in depth training in rats or mice.
Laboratory training will proceed throughout the week with the close guidance of faculty and staff with an approximate ratio of 1:1.
Proficiency is developed in the 3 core competency areas of spinal cord surgery, injured rodent care and behavioral assessment of locomotion (BBB or BMS). Additional laboratory sessions provide hands-on experience with spinal cord perfusions, and preparing tissue for histology if desired.
Group discussions and lectures during the first week will focus on the goals of SCI research with an introduction to spinal cord anatomy and SCI models as well as evaluation of spinal cord injured persons. There will also be time for participants to discuss and get feedback on their current research with the faculty and other participants. Social events are included to permit networking and allow individualized interactions with faculty, staff and other students.
Laboratory sessions include Ephys technique demonstrations, Histology and Microscopy sessions, and additional behavioral techniques. Flex-time will also be included for individualized training bassed on participant requests (e.g., additional surgeries, microscopy, cryostat cutting, etc).
Other events include visits by individuals with SCI, Introduction to the NeuroRecovery Network, Ethics & Translational Research Session, Seminar and interactive session with and outstanding researcher in the field of SCI. There will also be time for participants to discuss and get feedback on their research projects.
OSU SCITP Participant Publications
Many of our former participants have gone on to make important contributions in the field of spinal cord injury research. Follow the link below for a list of references from our trainees.
Many thanks to all of our generous sponsors and corporate assistance.
- The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation’s funding is dedicated to supporting both programs and scientific research to improve the quality of life for those affected by and living with spinal cord injury in order to honor its founder and ensure that individuals with spinal cord injuries, and those who care for them, live full and productive lives as active participants in their communities.
- Surgical instruments have been supplied and maintained by Fine Science Tools, Inc.
- Image Analysis procedures will be demonstrated using the MCID Elite System from Imaging Research, Inc.
- Animal housing carts suitable for in-lab housing were purchased from Techniplast, USA
- Contusion injury devices used in the program include the Infinite Horizons Injury Device (available from Precision Systems and Instrumentation, LLC)