A spin-off of the Rick Hansen Foundation, the Rick Hansen Institute is a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization committed to accelerating the translation of discoveries and best practices into improved treatments for people with spinal cord injuries. Our vision is a world without paralysis after spinal cord injury.
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Karen developed a spinal cord injury at the age of 15. Despite the many challenges, Karen didn’t let her injury stop her from achieving her goals. She has since gone on to have a successful career as a paediatric social worker, is a passionate advocate for spinal cord injury care and is also a wife and mother of two young children. Read Karen's story.
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The Influence of Time from Injury to Surgery on Motor Recovery and Length of Hospital Stay in Acute Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: An Observational Canadian Cohort Study. This work represents the largest cohort of SCI patients studied to date to help elucidate the role of early surgery after SCI, one of the most discussed topics in acute SCI management. Open access
Model for bridging the translational 'valleys of death' in spinal cord injury research. The Rick Hansen Institute has developed a model for translational research in the field of spinal cord injury. This paper describes how RHI's unique model works and lessons learned. Download paper
Modeling the Patient Journey from Injury to Community Reintegration for Persons with Acute Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in a Canadian Centre. The Access to Care and Timing project team has published a paper describing the development of a computer simulation model of patient flow in BC. Open access
The Economic Burden of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in Canada. RHI's research team has published a paper on the economic burden of traumatic SCI. The paper appears in the June 2013 edition of Chronic Diseases and Injuries in Canada. Download publication
Rehabilitation Environmental Scan Atlas: Capturing Capacity in Canadian SCI Rehabilitation. This Atlas examines the complexities of SCI rehab, describes the current state of practice and maps the actions required to standardize and transform practice by 2020. Download a free copy
SCI Community Survey. The SCI Community Survey is the largest study of its kind to ever be done in Canada among people with SCI. Read preliminary analysis report