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Push to Walk Program Director, Tommy Sutor, received approval from William Paterson University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subject Research to conduct a pilot study, “An Investigation of the Intra- and Inter-Rater Reliability of the Neurological Impairment Movement Strength Test on Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury” in mid-January. This is a long and fancy title for saying that we want to develop a more objective way to conduct our initial evaluations with new clients.

While what we’ve been doing to this point is helpful, there is a certain amount of subjectivity to the methods, and we want to change that. By conducting this pilot study, we hope to develop a standardized method of testing movement strength so that measurements found in initial evaluations would prove more beneficial in subsequent tests and progress reports. Actual measurements can then be tracked and analyzed, showing us exactly how our program is helping any given person.

Push to Walk is very grateful for the assistance provided by Michael Figueroa, EdD, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at William Paterson University, especially in obtaining approval of the IRB. This is very exciting for Push to Walk as an organization and will help us validate and document methods and progress for our clients.  Stay tuned for more details as this comes together!

Cynthia

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This past Wednesday, doctors, researchers and scientists came together in Albany, New York to discuss “Progress in Spinal Cord Injury Research – The NYS Program: Past and Future.” I was not able to attend, so if anyone reading this did, I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback. Also, if you know of a link to any information on the event, please let me know.

Many Push to Walk clients travel to our Riverdale, NJ center from all parts of New York: New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the lower Hudson Valley area. For a time, we even had a client traveling all the way from Albany once every two weeks! So we are very interested in what goes on in New York, and try to stay abreast of any developments.

From what I understand, the purpose of the conference was to present current information on research and treatments, while trying to convince the NY legislators to reinstate the funding stream for research through the traffic ticket and moving violations surcharges. While 70 million dollars had been used for this purpose from 1998-2009, that ended when those funds were diverted to unrelated purposes.

We support the reinstatement of these funds and hope that the symposium and press conference were an effective way to make this happen. Congratulations to everyone involved in the effort, and please let us know if Push to Walk can help in any way.

Cynthia

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