SCOPE Holds Lower Extremity Measurement Workshop
As part of an ongoing initiative, SCOPE conducted a one day workshop on lower extremity measurement in SCI on May 17, 2015 in Montreal. Taking advantage of the presence of many of the workshop participants at the combined ASIA-ISCoS meeting, SCOPE co-chairs John Steeves, Ph.D. and Andy Blight, Ph.D., along with workshop co-chair Marc Bolliger, Ph.D. put together an intense, effective one day agenda designed to push the needle on this topic. A similar upper extremity workshop was held in January in Philadelphia, under the chairmanship of Linda Jones, P.T., M.S. Manuscripts will be produced for both of these workshops. SCOPE has been affiliated with ASIA since its inception in 2006. Its Planning Committee consists of representatives from clinical, academic, industrial, federal, and foundation entities interested in spinal cord injury research.
Feb 2015 – SCOPE Annual Report
- Based upon the review of clinical SCI outcome measures, completed through the ASIA-ISCoS-NIDRR partnership meetings held in 2006 and 2007, SCOPE has continued the assessment of some of the more promising measurement techniques for many different clinical targets after SCI (e.g. autonomic, sensory, motor, activities of daily living, quality of life).
- SCOPE has published guidelines for the conduct of clinical trials for SCI as developed by the ICCP panel. These are available on its website (www.scope-sci.org) and serve as a starting point for the continued development of clinical trial protocols, including:
- further development of appropriate clinical trial outcome tools for different types of SCI, different times after SCI, and different phases of clinical trials
- identification of functionally beneficial (clinical) endpoints
- development of cogent inclusion and exclusion criteria for SCI trials with different clinical targets
- detection of confounding factors that would alter the accurate interpretation of trial findings