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2.2. SCI Model Systems list

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model Systems (2016-2021) listing of the current 14 Model Systems of Spinal Cord Care.

2021-2026 Model System Facility List:

SCIMS Grant Recipients:

  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago dba Shirley Ryan AbilityLab: Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System
  • Craig Hospital: Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Injury System
  • Shepherd Center, Inc.: Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SR-SCIMS)
  • Kessler Foundation, Inc.: Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System
  • Rancho Research Institute: Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SoCal-SCIMS) Program at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (RLANRC)
  • University of Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Model Center for Spinal Cord Injury
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: Mount Sinai Spinal Cord Injury Model System
  • Case Western Reserve University: The Northeast Ohio Regional Spinal Cord Injury System: NORSCIS
  • University of Miami: South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model System
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center: Northern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System of Care
  • MedStar Health Research Institute, Inc.: National Capital Spinal Cord Injury Model System (NC-SCIMS)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University: Virginia Consortium for Spinal Cord Injury Care
  • Regents of the University of Minnesota: Minnesota Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System
  • Baylor Research Institute: Baylor Scott and White Spinal Cord Injury Model System

Since 1973, the SCIMS centers have collected and contributed information on common data elements for a centralized SCI database, referred to as the SCIMS database. This database is maintained through a NIDILRR-funded grant for a National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC). The data that these and other database participants have contributed provides invaluable information about the life course of people with spinal cord injury and about trends in their experiences and outcomes. Learn more about the SCIMS database.

Contact Theresa SanAgustin at NIDILRR if you have questions about the SCIMS Program


NIDILRR, part of ACL, generates new knowledge and promotes its effective use so that people with disabilities can perform activities of their choice in the community. NIDILRR also works to expand society’s capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for people with disabilities.

Last modified on 09/01/2021
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Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model System, sponsored by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, supports innovative projects and research in the delivery, demonstration, and evaluation of medical, rehabilitation, vocational and other services to meet the needs of individuals with SCI.

NIDILRR awards SCI Model Systems Center grants to institutions that are national leaders in medical research and patient care and provide the highest level of comprehensive specialty services, from the point of injury through rehabilitation and re-entry into full community life. Grants are awarded in five-year cycles (the current cycle is 2016-2021).

Each SCI Model Systems Center contributes to the SCI Model Systems Data Center, participates in independent and collaborative research, and provides information and resources to individuals with SCI, their family and care givers, health care professionals and the general public.

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