About the Model Systems
Model Systems are specialized programs of care in spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and burn injury (Burn). Model Systems pool information and conduct research intended to improve the long-term functional, vocational, cognitive, and quality-of-life outcomes in individuals with TBI, SCI, or burn injury.
The Model Systems are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to conduct innovative and high-quality research, provide patient care, and offer other services to improve the health and overall quality of life for individuals with TBI, SCI, and burn injuries.
The Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems (SCIMS) are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems are called "model systems" because they are national leaders in SCI-related care and research.
Currently, there are 14 SCIMS centers across the United States; each center provides the highest level of comprehensive and multidisciplinary care from point of injury through rehabilitation and full community re-entry. In addition to these 14 centers, the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Data Center directs the collection, management, and analysis of a longitudinal national SCI database.