Co-authors of this study include Kathleen Christison, a UBC medical student who conducted this research as part of her program; Matthias Walter, a postdoctoral fellow at ICORD
; Vanessa Noonan and Nader Fallah from the Rick Hansen Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia; and international collaborators Jean-Jacques Wyndaele, Michael Kennelly, MD, and Thomas Kessler, MD.
Quon is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine at UBC, and a Research Associate at The International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries ("ICORD", which is part of the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and the Faculty of Medicine) at UBC.
* Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Population & Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Research Associate, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.
The director of ICORD
(International Collaboration on Repair and Discoveries), Dr.
Acknowledgement: The authors wish to thank (1) the University of British Columbia Centre for Hip Health for their support in the development of this protocol and (2) the International Collaboration on Repair Discover (ICORD
), University of British Columbia for providing workspace.
Krassioukov, MD, PhD; Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, ICORD
, University of British Columbia, 6270 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6T 1Z4; 604-822-2673; fax: 604-822-2924.
 Medical Director, BC Centre for Sexual Medicine, Vancouver Hospital, Medical Director, Sexual Assessment and Rehabilitation Clinic, Men's Health Initiative, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Urological Sciences, Faculty & Principle Investigator, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD
), UBC, Vancouver, BC
At its hub is ICORD (International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries).
ICORD represents a new interdisciplinary research center for developing effective strategies to promote functional recovery after SCI, a reality only made possible through a founding partnership of the Rick Hansen Institute, the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.
Although CORD was in many ways a success, its researchers' enthusiasm for collaboration was pragmatically thwarted by a lack of proximity, a problem amplified with the broadened membership base of the new ICORD initiative, which now includes SCI researchers from UBC, Vancouver General Hospital, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Simon Fraser University, the Neil Squire Foundation, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Currently, ICORD researchers are spread across the Greater Vancouver Regional District in 20 different locations.
In January, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation recognized ICORD's potential and awarded nearly $13 million toward the center's construction.