Strengthen New York State’s Spinal Cord Injury Research Program
Build and Strengthen New York State’s Research Infrastructure (Recommendation 8.1)
The New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Board should increase its research infrastructure to meet the program’s mission. The Board should:
Develop a Regional Clinical Trials Center (Recommendation 8.2)
The state of New York should use its unique strengths to establish a regional clinical trials center. This center should:
Restructure Research Funding and Oversight Processes (Recommendation 8.3)
The New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Board should work with the state of New York to reduce administrative burdens, improve the approval and grant distribution processes, and establish a rapid-response funding mechanism to capitalize on new research ideas.
Ensure Independent Evaluation (Recommendation 8.4)
The New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Board should establish an independent external review panel that meets periodically to rigorously assess the program’s efforts toward its stated mission to cure spinal cord injuries.