Emphasize and Coordinate Translational Multidisciplinary Research and Clinical Trials
Facilitate Clinical Trials (Recommendation 6.1)
Mechanisms should be implemented that will facilitate the implementation of clinical trials while observing the established standards for the protection of human subjects in clinical research, including:
Increase Industry Involvement (Recommendation 6.2)
Mechanisms should be explored that can be used to link federal, state, academic, and nonprofit efforts with those of industry with the goal of increasing the investment and involvement of the private sector in the development of therapeutic interventions for spinal cord injuries.
Strengthen the Research Infrastructure and Enhance Training
Establish Spinal Cord Injury Research Centers of Excellence (Recommendation 7.2)
The National Institutes of Health should designate and support five to seven Spinal Cord Injury Research Centers of Excellence with adequate resources to sustain multidisciplinary basic, translational, and clinical research on spinal cord injuries.
Establish a National Spinal Cord Injury Research Network (Recommendation 7.3)
The National Institutes of Health should be appropriately funded to establish a National Spinal Cord Injury Research Network that would coordinate and support the work of an expanded cadre of researchers.
Increase Training and Career Development Opportunities (Recommendation 7.4)
Resources should be designated to strengthen education programs for pre-and postdoctoral training in spinal cord injury research.