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December 2015 E-News

Welcome to the 1st edition of our monthly Mount Sinai E-News

We are very excited to roll out this new way to share information with the SCI community. Look for monthly updates on events, research and related stories on spinal cord injury. We hope you like the new Spinal Connection.

For comments or story ideas please contact Jim Cesario.
Stem Cell Study to Begin
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has been selected to be one of a handful of medical centers taking part in Stem Cell Inc.’s research study. This is a phase II pathway evaluating the potential of neural stem cells to treat cervical spinal cord injury (cSCI).
What is the Pathway study?
The purpose of the Pathway Study is to evaluate the safety and potential benefit of neural stem cell transplantation for people with cSCI. If you are eligible for the study and if you choose to participate, your participation will last approximately 12 months.
Who can participate?
You may be able to join the study if you are between 18 to 60 years old, have a cervical spinal cord injury that is classified as AIS grade A, B, or C, been less than two years since your injury occurred and more than 4 weeks, and are generally in good health.

To find out if you may be eligible to participate, please contact:
 Alex Voigt 212-824-8379
Women on Wheels (WOW)
We are Women on Wheels (W.O.W.):  a unique sisterhood of women with spinal cord injury (SCI) living life to its fullest. Choosing not to sit still wishing for things to happen, we actively participate in creating change; tackling daily obstacles and challenges with inner courage, backbone and determination. Strengthened by our individual and shared life experiences, we continue to move forward.

Our group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 3-4pm at the Mount Sinai Outpatient Department (5 E. 102nd Street where we discuss various topics such as dating and sexuality, self-image, relationships with family, partners and friends, education, independence, co-dependence, self-advocacy, and dis/ability as identity.

If you are a woman (sorry, no guys allowed) interested in joining our group, please send an email to: with the subject “W.O.W.”
Roll Call Dance Program
The Mount Sinai SCI Dance Program was an opportunity for our participants to challenge themselves, to overcome the assumption of how disability is viewed and face any boundaries that may hinder them from achieving their dreams. We were able to provide a new interest, a sense of adventure, spontaneity and a chance for these individuals to get out of their comfort zone. Most importantly, our main goal is to spread awareness so that we can create an experience of a lifetime for our wonderful group to improve their quality of life. Our new dance program has made it possible for people with disabilities to be in a place of personal acceptance without feeling judged. We received immense support from the Mount Sinai community and hope to continue with the program in the future. For more information email
Life Challenge Upcoming Events
Ski Trip-Pico Mountain, VT.-January 9-11, 2015
Combat Laser Tag-Long Island City– April 17, 2015
Sky Dive-New Paltz, N.Y.-June 11, 2015
Team Challenge-Chappaqua, N.Y. –TBA (A Weekend of Self Discovery and Adventure)
For info or to reserve a spot, contact Jim Cesario.
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