Travel Grants

Dr Elizabeth Felix

Dr Elizabeth Felix and her team received a 2020 SCI Collaboration Grant to attend ISCoS 2020:Virtual.

Elizabeth is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and a Research Health Scientist at the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Her primary research interests are in the multidimensional measurement of clinical neuropathic pain and understanding the contributions of both somatosensory dysfunction and psychosocial risk-factors associated with the development and severity of chronic pain conditions. Dr Felix is the Project Director of the South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center.

The research group – which includes Prof Thomas Bryce, Sara Mulroy, Dr Trevor Dyson-Hudson and Jeanne Zanca – share their experiences from the conference.

Research group led by Elizabeth Felix

“Our group was delighted to receive support to attend the ISCoS 2020 virtual meeting and participate in the SCoRH meet-and-greet session at the beginning of the conference. It was interesting to hear about the work of other teams of SCI researchers across several nations (and time zones) during the meet-and-greet session.

Each of our team members accessed several of the presentations during and after the live conference. Of particular interest was a poster regarding non-pharmacologic treatments for pain after SCI (Tim Crul), as this was very similar to a study our collaborative group has also just conducted (Tom Bryce presented data from this study in two poster presentations), and the instructional course regarding complementary and integrative medicine for pain in those with SCI (Jennifer Coker, Marcel Post, Janneke Stolwijk). Both of these presentations were very informative for evaluating differences, and considerations of best-practices, with regard to methodology when assessing impact of treatments on SCI-related pain. In addition, these presentations also confirmed our findings that high numbers of people with SCI employ non-pharmacologic treatments for pain, and these types of treatments deserve more systematic study.

Beyond the immediate impact of the ISCoS conference, our team is looking forward to taking further advantage of our ISCoS membership and the SCoRH discussion platform.”

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