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Foreword

Rick Hansen, CEO of Rick Hansen Foundation

Rick Hansen, CEO and Founder of Rick Hansen Foundation

Welcome to the Spinal Cord Injury Research Evidence (SCIRE) Project Version 6.0 brought to you by the Rick Hansen Institute! Whether you are a clinician, scientist, student, or a person living with a spinal cord injury (SCI), SCIRE is an invaluable resource for current and credible information.

Since the end of my Man In Motion World Tour in 1987, the Rick Hansen Foundation has continued to raise awareness, create programs that support people with disabilities, remove barriers to accessibility, and fund SCI research and care. We’ve also forged amazing partnerships, creating opportunities to bring together like-minded individuals and groups to support the best in SCI research.

The passion we all have to discover and share new knowledge has united us in a common purpose and accelerated the time for research results to be translated into real-life benefits. It is through this sharing of knowledge and the adoption of best practices, through platforms like SCIRE 6.0, that we can make a greater impact on the lives of people with SCI around the world.

The Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) is committed to accelerating the translation of discoveries and best practices into improved treatments for those with SCI. The new SCIRE Version 6.0 has more clinically relevant content such as instructional videos, toolkits and treatment flow sheets to help clinicians provide best-practice specialized rehabilitation care to patients.

What’s more, it’s viewable on any device, is Level 2 accessible, and easy to use with better navigation and more visual content to illustrate the work. It is also available free online, and is accessible from around the world. To-date, SCIRE has almost 800,000 users worldwide from over 180 countries. Content will continue to be updated and will include new topics and findings in the SCI field.

In tandem with SCIRE Version 6.0, RHI has also been developing a completely new companion site called SCIRE Community, an online resource for people living with a SCI, and their family members, friends, or caregivers. SCIRE Community is scheduled to launch in late spring, so stay tuned for more information on this in the coming months.

I applaud the SCIRE team for their ongoing contributions to the SCI field and want to extend my congratulations to the team on developing and launching this new enhanced website. A special thank you to our funders, the Governments of Canada and Province of Ontario, and our partner the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, for their invaluable support on this project. We’re looking forward to continuing our work together towards our common goal of maximizing the quality of life for all individuals with SCI.

Rick Hansen

CEO & Founder, Rick Hansen Foundation

January 2017


“I recommend that everyone from trainees to experienced SCI professionals review the SCIRE website for the thorough reviews on topics in SCI…I think it is a great project and I have used it myself many times over the years, including referencing these when writing chapters or articles.”

Steven Kirshblum MD– Medical Director and Director of Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, West Orange NJ, USA. Professor. Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

‘During my time teaching PM&R Residents and PT Grad Students, I routinely recommended the SCIRE Project website and chapters as a credible source of the latest evidence in SCI Medicine and Rehabilitation.’

Daniel P. Lammertse, MD
SCI Medicine, Craig Hospital
Clinical Professor of PM&R, University of Colorado Denver