Spinal Cord Injury Consumer Engagement in Research – Dr. Kim Anderson-Erisman

Dr. Kim Anderson-Erisman PhD

Dr. Kim Anderson-Erisman PhD

Dr. Anderson-Erisman details the many opportunities in the following video presentation that are and will become available for persons with SCI to influence both the amount and focus of research funding.

Kim Anderson-Erisman, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor and the Director of Education for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her research has focused on translational investigations and bridging the gap between basic science, clinical science, and the public community living with spinal cord injury (SCI). Her training spans the spectrum of SCI research, from cellular and molecular studies, to whole animal and behavioral studies, to human clinical research. She has conducted a multi-center clinical study evaluating the reliability and validity of the Spinal Cord Independence Measure in the US healthcare setting. Several of her studies have focused on obtaining the perspective of people living with SCI on various aspects of research, including functional priorities, acceptable benefits and risks, preferences for neuroprosthetics, and exercise participation. Her current projects focus on 1) aging related changes in bladder health after SCI, 2) determining the minimum amount of exercise and locomotor training required for clinical trials targeting chronic SCI, and 3) identifying the facilitators and barriers to clinical trial participation from the SCI consumer perspective. In addition to pursuing her own research regarding chronic injury, she is part of the leadership team running the Schwann cell transplantation clinical trials at the University of Miami.

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