Travel Grants

Dr Sonja de Groot

Dr Sonja de Groot and her research group were awarded a 2020 SCI Collaboration Grant to attend ISCoS 2020:Virtual.

Sonja is an Exercise Physiologist from the Netherlands. Her current research interests include the study of SCI rehabilitation, exercise physiology, wheelchair propulsion and configuration, and adapted sports.

The research group – which includes Matthijs Wouda, A/Prof Rita van den Berg-Emons, Tobias Holmlund and Kerstin Wahman – share their experiences from the conference.

ISCoS 2020 – Experiences of the research group “Active lifestyle for better health in persons with spinal cord injury

“The members of our research group were excited about attending the first virtual ISCoS congress. The congress’ internet side was well-organised and it was easy to navigate. Being able to attend lectures and parallel sessions when it suited our busy time schedules was a great advantage. In addition, it was interesting to be able to read comments and follow discussions between presenters and the other participants. It was also very nice that one of our groups members was able to present her work on physical activity and health during this congress. This also enabled us to get in touch with other people who are interested in these topics.

Our research group had a virtual meeting after the congress in which we discussed some of the lectures and posters, in particular those on physical activity, metabolism and exercise guidelines. This is a great way to share new knowledge and different opinions on important SCI-related issues.

Three participants of our group also joined the SRI grant meeting on the 27th of August 2020. It was interesting to hear how the COVID-19 situation affects SCI rehabilitation in different parts of the world. This meeting was a great opportunity to get to know more researchers in the field.

We are looking forward to the next ISCoS meeting and hope to be able to meet each other in person and to extend our research collaboration!”

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