Praxis 2016 is a unique conference aimed at accelerating the translation of research into implementation in the field of spinal cord injury.

By attending Praxis 2016, you can help turn ideas into action.

Contribute to a collective that will develop tangible and strategic action items in order to overcome common barriers to advance the field and improve outcomes for people living with spinal cord injury.

What to expect

Day 1: Posters, Plenary Talks and Welcome Reception

Day 1 will provide an opportunity to present and view posters that describe the challenges, novel solutions and lessons learned on the translation of ideas and medical research into practice and policy. Networking and knowledge exchange between presenting authors and experts from a variety of health care sectors will set the stage for the workshops in the following two days. The day will wrap up with inspirational plenary talks and a welcome reception.

View poster submission guidelines

Days 2 and 3: Presentations and Facilitated Workshops

Days 2 and 3 are designed to inform participants and encourage interactive and guided discussions to overcome key barriers to effective translation of work through the research continuum to implementation and ultimately into practice.

Guiding questions will cover topics such as:

Preclinical research

  • Would guidelines for preclinical evaluation of novel therapies in SCI be useful?
  • If such guidelines were to be established, what elements would be included and how should they be applied in the field?

Clinical trials

  • Given the limited SCI clinical evidence, are there tools other than Clinical Practice Guidelines that could be used to implement best practices in SCI care?
  • What strategies can be used to improve the adoption and evaluate the effectiveness of existing and emerging interventions and technologies for improving quality of life?
  • What are the most effective ways for the SCI consumer, clinical and research communities to influence increased investment in SCI research and product development?
  • What strategies would increase the probability of payer reimbursement of SCI innovations?

Program Schedule

What you will leave with

By the end of the conference, participants will develop a set of recommendations that will include specific actions that will lead to overcoming the barriers addressed at Praxis 2016. Recommendations may include (but are not limited to): the creation of working groups, development of position papers, advocacy support, changes in funding requirements and agreements for future meetings.