The University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury

The University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury (UPMC-SCI) is one of 14 nationally recognized centers of excellence that provides comprehensive services to individuals with spinal cord injury.

UPMC-SCI provides a continuum of care beginning with emergency response, continues with comprehensive acute medical treatment and rehabilitation, through utilization of assistive technology services and vocational rehabilitation. UPMC-SCI also contributes to the assessment of long-term outcomes of individuals with spinal cord injury through our enrollment of participants in the National Spinal Cord Injury Database. UPMC-research, which focuses on assistive technology and the prevention of upper limb pain related to over use, aims to improve the participation and quality of life of individuals with spinal cord injury.

University of Pittsburgh Model System on SCI Publications

 

Title Author Journal Year
Current research outcomes from the spinal cord injury model systems Chen Y, Deutsch A, DeVivo MJ, Johnson K, Kalpakjian C, Nemunaitis G, Tulsky D Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2011
Investigation of factors associated with manual wheelchair mobility in persons with spinal cord injury Oyster, M.L., Karmarkar, A.M., Patrick, M., Read, M.S., Nicolini, L., Boninger, M.L. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2011
Emergency evacuation readiness of full-time wheelchair users with spinal cord injury McClure LA, Boninger ML, Oyster ML, Roach MJ, Nagy J, Nemunaitis G Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2011
The association of race, cultural factors, and health-related quality of life in persons with spinal cord injury Myaskovsky, L; Burkitt, K; Lichy, A; Ljungberg, I; Fyffe, D; Ozawa H, Switzer, G; Fine, M; Boninger, M Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2011
Reliability and validity analysis of the transfer assessment instrument McClure, L; Boninger, M; Ozawa, H; Koontz, A Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2011
A Preliminary Model of Wheelchair Service Delivery Eggers, S.; Myaskovsky, L.; Burkitt, K.; Tolerico, M.; Switzer, G.; Fine, M.; Boninger, M. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 2009
Trends and issues in wheelchair technologies Cooper, R. A.; Cooper, R.; Boninger, M. L. Assistive Technology 2008
Shoulder biomechanics during the push phase of wheelchair propulsion: A multisite study of persons with paraplegia Collinger, J. L.; Boninger, M. L.; Koontz, A. M.; Price, R.; Sisto, S. A.; Tolerico, M. L.; Cooper, R. A. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2008
Ultrasound imaging of acute biceps tendon changes after wheelchair sports van Drongelen, S.; Boninger, M.; Impink, B.; Khalaf, T Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2007
Assessing the mobility characteristics and activity levels of manual wheelchair users Tolerico, M. L.; Ding, D.; Cooper, R. A.; Spaeth, D. M.; Fitzgerald, S. G.; Cooper, R.; Kelleher, A.; Boninger, M. L. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 2007
Multisite comparison of wheelchair propulsion kinetics in persons with paraplegia Koontz, A. M.; Yang, Y.; Price, R.; Tolerico, M. L.; Digiovine, C. P.; Sisto, S. A.; Cooper, R. A.; Boninger, M. L. J Rehabil Res Dev 2007
Use of the INDEPENDENCE 3000 IBOT transporter at home and in the community: A case report Cooper, R. A.; Boninger, M. L.; Cooper, R.; Kelleher, A. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology 2006
Advances in electric-powered wheelchairs Cooper, R.A.; Cooper, R.; Tolerico, M.; Guo, S.; Ding, D.; Pearlman, J. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation 2006
Towards the development of an effective technology transfer model of wheelchairs to developing countries Pearlman, Jon; Cooper, Rory A.; Zipfel, Emily; Cooper, Rosemarie; McCartney, Mark Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology 2006
Engineering better wheelchairs to enhance community participation Cooper, R.; Boninger, M.; Spaeth, D.; Ding, D.; Guo, S.; Koontz, A.; Fitzgerald, S.; Cooper, R.; Kelleher, A.; Collins, D. IEEE transactions on neural systems and rehabilitation engineering 2006
Effect of a pushrim-activated power-assist wheelchair on the functional capabilities of persons with tetraplegia Algood, S. David; Cooper, Rory A.; Fitzgerald, Shirley G.; Cooper, Rosemarie; Boninger, Michael L. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2005
Biomechanics and strength of manual wheelchair users Ambrosio, Fabrisia; Boninger, Michael L.; Souza, Aaron L.; Fitzgerald, Shirley G.; Koontz, Alicia M.; Cooper, Rory A. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine 2005
Pushrim biomechanics and injury prevention in spinal cord injury: Recommendations based on CULP-SCI investigations Boninger, Michael L.; Koontz, Alicia M.; Sisto, Sue Ann; Dyson-Hudson, Trevor A.; Chang, Michael; Price, Robert; Cooper, Rory A. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 2005
Virtual reality and computer-enhanced training applied to wheeled mobility: An overview of work in Pittsburgh Cooper, Rory A.; Ding, Dan; Simpson, Richard; Fitzgerald, Shirley G.; Spaeth, Donald M.; Guo, Songfeng; Koontz, Alicia M.; Cooper, Rosemarie; Kim, Jongbae; Boninger, Michael L. Assistive Technology 2005
Issues in maintenance and repairs of wheelchairs: A pilot study Fitzgerald, Shirley G.; Collins, Diane M.; Cooper, Rory A.; Tolerico, Michelle; Kelleher, Annmarie; Hunt, Peter; Martin, Stephanie; Impink, Bradley; Cooper, Rosemarie Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 2005
Low-impact wheelchair propulsion: Achievable and acceptable Richter, W. Mark; Zxelson, Peter W. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 2005
Upper limb strength in individuals with spinal cord injury who use manual wheelchairs Souza, Aaron L.; Boninger, Michael L.; Fitzgerald, Shirley G.; Shimada, Sean D.; Cooper, Rory A.; Ambrosio, Fabrisia Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine 2005
A kinetic analysis of manual wheelchair propulsion during start-up on select indoor and outdoor surfaces Koontz, A. M.; Cooper, R. A.; Boninger, M. L.; Yang, Y.; Impink, B. G.; van der Woude, L. H. J Rehabil Res Dev 2005
Impact of a pushrim-activated power-assisted wheelchair on the metabolic demands, stroke frequency, and range of motion among subjects with tetraplegia Algood, S. David; Cooper, Rory A.; Fitzgerald, Shirley G.; Cooper, Rosemarie; Boninger, Michael L. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2004
Relation between median and ulnar nerve function and wrist kinematics during wheelchair propulsion Boninger, Michael L.; Impink, Bradley G.; Cooper, Rory A.; Koontz, Alicia M. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2004
Assessing the influence of wheelchair technology on perception of participation in spinal cord injury Chaves, Eliana S.; Boninger, Michael L.; Cooper, Rosemarie; Fitzgerald, Shirley G.; Gray, David B.; Cooper, Rory A. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2004
Bioengineering and spinal cord injury: A perspective on the state of the science Cooper, Rory A. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine 2004
Preliminary assessment of a prototype advanced mobility device in the work environment of veterans with spinal cord injury Cooper, Rory A.; Boninger, Michael L.; Cooper, Rosemarie; Fitzgerald, Shirley G.; Kellerher, Annmarie NeuroRehabilitation 2004
Shoulder pain in chronic spinal cord injury, part I: Epidemiology, etiology, and pathomechanics Dyson-Hudson, Trevor A.; Kirshblum, Steve C. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine 2004
Durability, value, and reliability of seated electric powered wheelchairs Fass, Megan V.; Cooper, Rory A.; Fitzgerald, Shirley G.; Schmeler, Mark; Rentschler, Andrew J.; Duncan, John Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2004
The GAMECycle exercise system: Comparison with standard ergometry Fitzgerald, Shirley G.; Cooper, Rory A.; Thorman, Tricia; Cooper, Rosemarie; Guo, SongFeng; Boninger, Michael L. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine 2004
Demographic and socioeconomic factors associated with disparity in wheelchair customizability among people with traumatic spinal cord injury Hunt, Peter C.; Boninger, Michael L.; Cooper, Rory A.; Zafonte, Ross D.; Fitzgerald, Shirley G.; Schmeler, Mark R. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2004
Using the absorbed power method to evaluate effectiveness of vibration absorption of selected seat cushion during manual wheelchair propulsion Wolf, Erik; Cooper, Rory A.; DiGiovine, Carmen P.; Boninger, Michael L.; Guo, Songfeng Medical Engineering and Physics 2004
Musculoskeletal pain and overuse injuries Boninger, Michael L.; Cooper, Rory A.; Fay, Brian; Koontz, Alicia In V. W. Lin et al. (Eds.), Spinal cord medicine: Principles and practice. New York: Demos Medical Publishing, Inc 2003
Investigating neck pain in wheelchair users Boninger, Michael L.; Cooper, Rory A.; Fitzgerald, Shirley G.; Lin, Jessica; Cooper, Rosemarie; Dicianno, Brad; Liu, Betty American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2003
Shoulder magnetic resonance imaging abnormalities, wheelchair propulsion, and gender Boninger, Michael L.; Dicianno, Brad E.; Cooper, Rory A.; Towers, Jeffrey D.; Koontz, Alicia M.; Souza, Aaron L. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2003
Pittsburgh wheelchair and seating biomechanics research program Cooper, Rory A.; Boninger, Michael L.; Brienza, David M.; van Roosmalen, Linda; Koontz, Alicia M.; LoPresti, Edmund; Spaeth, Donald M.; Bertocci, Gina E.; Guo, Songfeng; Buning, Mary-Ellen; Schmeler, Mark; Geyer, Mary Jo; Fitzgerald, Shirley G.; Ding, Dan Journal of the Society of Biomechanisms Japan 2003
Use of the Independence 3000 IBOT transporter at home and in the community Cooper, Rory A.; Boninger, Michael L.; Cooper, Rosemarie; Dobson, Annmarie R.; Kessler, Jeanette; Schmeler, Mark; Fitzgerald, Shirley G. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine 2003
Wheelchairs and seating Cooper, Rory A.; Boninger, Michael L.; Cooper, Rosemarie; Thorman, Tricia In V. W. Lin et al. (Eds.), Spinal cord medicine: Principles and practice. New York: Demos Medical Publishing, Inc 2003
Integrated control and related technology of assistive devices Ding, Dan; Cooper, Rory A.; Kaminski, Beth Ann; Kanaly, John R.; Allegretti, Ana; Chaves, Eliana; Hubbard, Sandy Assistive Technology 2003
A pilot study on community usage of a pushrim-activated, power-assisted wheelchair Fitzgerald, Shirley G.; Arva, Julianna; Cooper, Rory A.; Dvorznak, Michael J.; Spaeth, Donald M.; Boninger, Michael L. Assistive Technology 2003
Development of a compact chin-operated force-sensing joystick Guo, Songfeng; Grindle, Garrett; Cooper, Rory A. Saudi Journal of Disability Rehabilitation 2003
Autonomic dysreflexia: Incidence in persons with neurologically complete and incomplete tetraplegia Helkowski, Wendy M.; Ditunno, John F., Jr.; Boninger, Michael Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine 2003
Spinal cord medicine: Principles and practice Lin, Vernon W.; Cardenas, Diana D.; Cutter, Nancy C.; Frost, Frederick S.; Hammond, Margaret C.; Lindblom, Laurie B.; Perkash, Inder; Waters, Robert; Woolsey, Robert M. N/A 2003
Fall-related fractures in persons with spinal cord impairment: A descriptive analysis Nelson, Audrey; Ahmed, Shahbaz; Harrow, Jeffrey; Fitzgerald, Shirley; Sanchez-Anguiano, Aurora; Gavin-Dreschnack, Deborah SCI Nursing 2003
Peer review: Issues in physical medicine and rehabilitation Wagner, Amy K.; Boninger, Michael L.; Levy, Charles; Chan, Leighton; Gater, David; Kirby, R. Lee American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2003
Performance assessment of a pushrim-activated power-assisted wheelchair control system Cooper, Rory A.; Corfman, Thomas A.; Fitzgerald, Shirley G.; Boninger, Michael L.; Spaeth, Donald M.; Ammer, William; Arva, Julianna IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology 2002
Shoulder kinematics and kinetics during two speeds of wheelchair propulsion Koontz, Alicia M.; Cooper, Rory A.; Boninger, Michael L.; Souza, Aaron L.; Fay, Brian T. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 2002