Travel Grants

Dr Sintip Pattanakuhar

Dr Sintip Pattanakuhar and Dr Buddharaksa Rajchagool received a 2020 SCI Collaboration Grant to attend ISCoS 2020:Virtual.

Sintip is a Rehabilitation Physician and Instructor within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Medicine at Chiang Mai University in Thailand.

Sintip shares his experience from the conference.

“With the SRI Collaboration Grant, our goal for attending the ISCoS 2020 virtual conference, which is to obtain international research collaborations, has been accomplished. We had an opportunity to present three posters and one oral presentation, to which we received many questions and suggestions from peer-researchers. We answered all of them and plan to request further suggestions via email in the future. For example, we plan to follow up with Dr Jillian Clark from South Australian SCI Research Center about her experience of conducting osteoporosis studies in people with SCI.

We also had an opportunity to attend many lectures, workshops, oral and poster presentations, where we asked questions and provided comments on their to facilitate collaboration. For example, we have emailed Prof Andrei Krassioukov from University of British Columbia, asking about the research investigating cost-effectiveness of using single-use, self-administrated urinary catheters he presented. We received a very nice response from him, and had a Skype meeting and plan to conduct a study to investigate cost-effectiveness of using this type of catheter in an inpatient setting in Thailand. Although the previously mentioned collaborations look very exciting,  we think the most important benefit we have had from this grant is to have a collaboration with the Spinal Research Institute, both in research-direct (I plan to consult Dr Marnie Graco from SRI about conducting sleep researches in people with SCI in Thailand) and indirect ways (an opportunity to involve in Spinal Cord Research Hub (SCoRH) and receiving information regarding further SRI projects). We would like to thank the SRI for this grant that brought me these invaluable opportunities and I wish to expand these benefits to all my SCI patients as much as possible.”

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