NINDS funding enabled the establishment of a hands-on three week training program in spinal cord injury research methods at The Ohio State University from 2003-2007 through a contract of the Facilities of Research in Spinal Cord Injury (FORE-SCI) initiative. The contract provided significant support to offset curricular, travel, and room/board expenses for training of 16 participants per year in Columbus, OH. Participants interacted with individuals with SCI, and received immersion training in laboratory methods, experimental design, and translational research goals and approaches. The FORE-SCI training course received outstanding reviews from participants and mentors. After competitive resubmission, the contract was again awarded by NINDS for 2009-2013. Key outcomes of this 10 year investment include well over 200 peer-reviewed publications in the field of spinal cord injury research and numerous successful competitive grants awards from NIH and other agencies by the 160 trainees and their mentor laboratories following completion of the training course. With training infrastructure and curriculum established by the FORE-SCI mechanism, the Ohio State SCI research training faculty have since received support from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to continue an annual two week training program starting in May of 2014.
Last updated January 14, 2014