United Spinal Association’s Lindsey Elliott and Bill Fertig honored to be part of an international team of presenters at the 2015 International Spinal Cord Society and American Spinal Injury Association Joint Scientific Meeting in Montreal, Canada, May 13-16.
Their presentation addressed “Engaging Spinal Cord Injury Consumers Across the Research and Clinical Care Spectrum.” The annual event focused on the latest advancements and directions in research regarding SCI/D with other key researchers from around the globe.
“The joint scientific meeting is a wonderful opportunity for international collaboration with all different types of SCI professionals from around the world. Lindsey and I renewed existing relationships with colleagues in the SCI/D community and made numerous new international connections,” says Fertig, the director of United Spinal’s Resource Center. “It truly is a remarkable platform for folks to come together and share ideas to continue improving the quality of lives with individuals living with SCI.”
Fertig and Elliott’s presentation highlighted United Spinal’s outreach efforts and outlined United Spinal’s advocacy and legislative efforts in the U.S. and connections throughout the international SCI/D community. Additionally, Fertig and Elliott shared organizational details of United Spinal’s “Spinal Network” of U.S.-based chapters, affiliated support groups, SCI rehab hospitals and business partners. Some of the other presentations focused on topics such as “Upper Extremity Reconstruction Options in SCI,” “The Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care: Key Elements and Challenges,” and the “Symposium on Incontinence and Sexuality.” The conference offered many breakout workshops allowing attendees to pick and choose the presentations that appealed most to them.
This international assemblage of SCI/D basic researchers, hospital program directors and pivotal consumer group representatives collaborated in earnest to add to the event’s dynamism. “Bill and I recognize the value of working with the international SCI/D community. It was clearly evident that many of the issues individuals are dealing with here in the United States are the exact same issues individuals all over the world contend with,” says Elliott, United Spinal’s director of member initiatives. ”We hope to be able to attend next year’s conference and demonstrate expansion of United Spinal Association’s international presence and continue to strengthen our international network to be able to educate and empower all individuals living with SCI/D.”
The international community was able to see a map of the ever growing ‘Spinal Network’ of United Spinal individual members in the United States — each dot is a zip code where clusters of members live.