SCOPE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBERS REPRESENT RESEARCH AND CLINICAL PRACTICE WITHIN UNIVERSITIES, HOSPITALS, CORPORATIONS, FOUNDATIONS, AND FEDERAL AGENCIES.
The Planning Committee of the Spinal Cord Outcomes Partnership Endeavor (SCOPE) is a group of experienced individuals, representing a variety of constituencies within spinal cord medicine.
John Steeves, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Professor, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD)
University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health
Vancouver General Hospital
Dr. Steeves is and has been affiliated with several departments in the faculties of Science and Medicine at the University of British Columbia since 1979. Dr. Steeves is the founder of ICORD and was Director for the first fifteen years (1995-2010). Dr. Steeves brings over 35 years experience in SCI and neuroscience. In 2002, he was the inaugural appointment to the BC Leadership Endowed Chair program and has also been a Wall Distinguished Scholar in Residence at UBC. He is the recipient of the Champion of Change Award, a Killam Research fellowship and was a consultant to NASA, the Russian and Canadian Space Agencies. He is or has been an executive member or chair of many national and international committees and organizations concerned with SCI (e.g. ASIA and ISCoS). He has an extensive list of publications and patents. He has started biotechnology companies, and serves on scientific and clinical advisory boards to several pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. His translational activities have focused on clinical trials research and human studies, including the development of: valid clinical trial protocols, neurological and electrophysiological outcome measures after human SCI, and activity-dependent rehabilitation of arm and hand function.
Andrew R. Blight, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Chief Scientific Officer
Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.
Andrew Blight received his Ph.D. from the University of Bristol in 1976. He has been Chief Scientific Officer at Acorda since 2002, involved in management of clinical trials and laboratory research on experimental approaches to neuroprotection, repair and regeneration of the CNS with a focus on multiple sclerosis and spinal injury. Prior to joining Acorda in 1998, Dr. Blight developed research programs at NYU, Purdue, and UNC on the roles of inflammation in acute injury and demyelination in chronic spinal cord injury. Dr. Blight has been an active member of the National Neurotrauma Society since its inception and has served as Secretary Treasurer and Vice President. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Neurotrauma.
Dr. Markus Boettinger
Wings for Life
Sarah Busch, MD
Alison Cernich, PhD
National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) National Institute of Child Health and Disease- NIH
Kenneth C. Curley, M.D.
Neurotrauma Research Portfolio Manager
Combat Casualty Care Directorate
U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
Armin Curt, M.D, FRCPC
Professor and Chairman
Spinal Cord Injury Center
University of Zurich
Vieri Faili, PhD
Wings for Life
Adam Ferguson, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Shepherd Center, Atlanta
James Guest, M.D., PH.D., FACS
Professor of Neurological Surgery
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Dan Graves, PhD
Stephen L. Huhn, M.D.
Vice President, CNS Clinical Research, StemCells, Inc.
Consulting Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
Jane Hsieh, MSc
Wings for Life
Lyn Jakeman, PhD
Linda Jones, PT, MS
Steven Kirshblum, M.D.
Medical Director and Director of Spinal Cord Injury Services
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
Naomi Kleitman, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
Audrey Kusiak, Ph.D.
Portfolio Manager/Rehabilitation Research and Development Service
Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development
Daniel P. Lammerstse, M.D.
Medical Director of Research
Dr. Verena May
Wings for Life
Mary Jane Mulcahey, Ph.D., OTR/L
Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Jefferson School of Health Professions
Thomas Jefferson University
Founder and CEO
Keith Tansey, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Scientist at the Center for Neuroscience and Neurological Recovery.
University of Mississippi Medical Center’s faculty as a professor of rehabilitation in the Dept. of Neurosurgery and the Dept. of Neurobiology and as a physician in the Spinal Cord Injury Clinic at the Jackson VA Medical Center.
Michele Towle, BS
Lawrence C. Vogel, M.D.
Chief of Pediatrics, Assistant Chief of Staff, Medicine
Medical Director of Spinal Cord Injury Program
Shriners Hospitals for Children, Chicago Hospital
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Rush Medical College
Edward Wirth, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Adam Ziemann, MD, PhD