Model Systems Centers

Our reputation for leading the field in novel innovations has led to the designation of several Model System Centers funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

The University of Pittsburgh is home to the Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury.

Led by Principal Investigator, Dr. Michael Boninger, the UPMC-SCI is one of 14 funded research and clinical centers in the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems (SCIMS) network. 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 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.