Notice Number: NOT-NS-19-060
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Response Date: July 30, 2019
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Fogarty International Center (FIC)
The spinal cord injury (SCI) research community has experienced great advances in discovery research, technology development, and promising clinical interventions in the past decade. To build upon these advances and maximize the benefit to persons with SCI, the NIH hosted a conference February 12-13, 2019 titled “SCI 2020: Launching a Decade of Disruption in Spinal Cord Injury Research”. The purpose of the conference was to bring together a broad range of stakeholders including researchers, clinicians and health care professionals, individuals with SCI, industry partners, regulators, and funding agency representatives to break down existing communication silos. The participants were asked to critically evaluate the state of the science, assess areas of technological and community readiness, and build collaborations that could change the trajectory of research and clinical options for people with SCI.
Six primary sessions featured brief presentations of recent scientific advances and critical research questions for the future. Facilitators and audience participation were encouraged to identify opportunities and areas for collaboration. The North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium and other public members provided personal context of individuals living with SCI to defining future research priorities. In five final breakout sessions, stakeholders discussed and identified key gaps and priorities for SCI research in the next decade. The open sessions for both days of the conference can be viewed at https://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live=30194&bhcp=1 and https://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live=30198&bhcp=1.
The NIH Institutes above are soliciting comments and suggestions on the top priorities identified in the five SCI 2020 breakout sessions as summarized below. The collated responses will be shared with the public and will be included in a meeting summary document prepared in collaboration with the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (https://msktc.org/about). The NIH Institutes encourage input from all interested stakeholders, including researchers, clinicians and health care providers, individuals with SCI, patient advocates and health advocacy organizations, scientific or professional organizations, federal agencies, as well as other interested members of the public. Responders to this RFI are also encouraged to provide input on how the research and research capacity building in the priority areas may be adopted in low resource settings including low- and middle-income countries. Organizations are strongly encouraged to submit a single response that reflects the views of their organization and membership.
Optional: Please indicate if you are a researcher, clinician or health care provider, individual with SCI, patient advocate, and/or other interested party. If you are submitting a response on behalf of an organization, please indicate the name of your organization.
SCI 2020: Research Priorities:
Theme A: Improve care of SCI patients in the acute trauma setting
Theme B: Accelerate research and development of therapies for repair, plasticity and improved functional recovery from post-acute to chronic SCI
Theme C: Improve evidence for, and implementation of, functional recovery with neuromodulation and use-dependent plasticity
Theme D: Improve knowledge of the full range of health impacts of chronic SCI
Theme E: Improve functional recovery after SCI with assistive technology
How to Submit a Response:
Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically using the web-based form at? https://www.ninds.nih.gov/RFI-NOT-NS-19-060
Responses will be accepted through July 30, 2019.
Responses are voluntary and may be submitted anonymously. Respondents are advised that the Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted. Responses may be shared publicly on an NIH website. Please do not include any personally identifiable or other information that you do not wish to make public. No proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should be included in your response.
This request is for information and planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or as an obligation on the part of the United States Government. The NIH will not make any awards based on responses to this RFI or pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the Government's use of such information.
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