The Howard H. Steel Course on Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury/Dysfunction

Provided by the Steel Assembly, an Affiliate of the American Spinal Injury Association

2018 ISCoS Meeting Pre-Course

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Sydney, Australia
International Convention Centre Sydney - Room C2.3


MJ Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA

Kathy Zebracki, PhD
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Chicago, IL

Randal Betz, MD
Institute for Spine and Scoliosis
Lawrenceville, NJ

Lawrence Vogel, MD
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Chicago, IL

Description and Objectives

This one-day pre-course will utilize a combination of didactics, free papers, point-counter-point debate, scientific posters and audience engagement to present, review and discuss evidence based pediatric SCI/D best practice, contemporary controversies on complex problems relevant to pediatric SCI/D, and outcomes of pediatric SCI/D on the child and caregivers. Attendees of the course will:

  1. Describe the epidemiology of pediatric SCI/D and discuss implications of regional trends and global variations
  2. Understand the differential diagnosis of non-traumatic, acquired pediatric SCI/D
  3. Describe treatment paradigms and evidenced based outcomes for non-traumatic and acquired SCI/D
  4. Understand the tenets and preliminary outcomes of body-weighted supported treadmill training in children
  5. Discuss the implication of pediatric SCI/D on informal caregiving, and identify potential interventions to support informal caregivers
  6. Introduce newly developed International SCI Basic Data Sets for pediatric caregiving, participation, education and 0-5 year olds
  7. Discuss the assessment, surgical technique, and outcomes of nerve transfers for restoration of upper limb

Featuring Invited Lectures

Dr. Bonne Lee
The Stephen M. Haley Memorial Lecture
Epidemiology of Pediatric SCI/D World-Wide

Dr. Peter New
The Newton C. McCollough Lecture
Pediatric Non-Traumatic Spinal Cord Lesions

Andrea Behrman, PhD
Activity-Based Therapy Targeting Neuromuscular Recovery After Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury