MUSC to conduct spinal-cord research

The Medical University of South Carolina's College of Health Professions will receive $3.9 million over five years for research on spinal-cord injuries, specifically on life-threatening secondary health conditions such as pressure ulcers, urinary-tract infections, amputation, fractures and depression.

The U.S. Department of Education's National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research will give funds for a grant requested by MUSC researcher Dr. James Krause. MUSC will collaborate with the Shepherd Center in Atlanta and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, Calif.

'The goal of the collaboration is to reduce the incidence of secondary conditions and to enhance longevity after SCI through a combination of research that identifies prominent risk factors for diminished health and by educating health professionals, service providers and individuals with SCI on how to implement appropriate prevention strategies, said Krause.