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October 2015 E-News

With Fall approaching find out what's happening at  Mount Sinai 

We hope that you didn't miss our annual Rehab Fair that was held this past Wednesday. If you did, view our pics and read about the goings on that drew our largest crowd. Find out about what events and activities that Mount Sinai is holding this fall.. Welcome and meet our new faces that joined the SCI Team. 

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17th Annual Mount Sinai Rehab Fair 
The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center held its 17th Annual Rehab Fair in the Guggenheim Atrium on Wednesday, September 30th from 11-3pm. This year’s fair hosted various vendors who demonstrated the latest wheelchairs, cushions, beds and transfer equipment, as well as orthotics and prosthetics companies, advocacy groups, community health and wellness organizations. Just outside the fair in the courtyard, Busanni Mobility demonstrated an accessible van that our participants were able to see and tour.  Many of our fair participants had their blood pressure checked and talked to our nutritionists about healthy eating habits.  A great time was had by all and preparations are being made to make next year’s fair bigger and better.
New Additions To Our SCI Team
Welcome Tariq Rajnarine, M.D. our newest Mount Sinai SCI Fellow. Dr. Rajnarine received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and his Medical Degree from New York Medical College. He was the Chief resident at New York Medical College Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for the past three years. Previously he was employed at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island and was an editorial assisitant with the American Familiy Physician Journal.
Rozalyn Hesse graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a BS in Biology in 2013 and was hired as our Study Coordinator for the ReWalk and Ekso feasibility studies for multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries. Rozalyn also coordinates along with Jacqueline the StemCells Pathway clinical trial currently underway at Mount Sinai and several centers around the country examining the effect of the implantation of neuro stem cells into the cervical spinal cord of persons with tetraplegia She is excited about working on these groundbreaking technologies in medicine in this field. Ms. Hesse will be applying to medical school for Fall 2016 entry. On her free time she enjoys biking, yoga, art, and travel.
Jacqueline Gurevich joined the SCI Team as a research coordinator. She recently graduated Columbia University this past May. Jacqueline conducts follow-up interviews for persons with SCI who are enrolled in the Model Systems collecting information important to improving care for those with SCI. She also coordinates along with Rozalyn the StemCells Pathway clinical trial currently underway at Mount Sinai and several centers around the country examining the effect of the implantation of neuro stem cells into the cervical spinal cord of persons with tetraplegia. In the future, she plans to pursue a career in clinical psychology. 
Andrew Delgado obtained his BS in Biomedical Science from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2014. In June 2015, he was accepted to the Graduate School at the Icahn School of Medicine for a MS in Biomedical Sciences and wishes to pursue a career in the medical field. Andrew began working in the Rehabilitation Robotics Research program in September and is working with the exoskeleton as part of the research component of his program.
Mount Sinai Stem Cells Study Update
The StemCells Pathway Study is breaking new ground. “This is the first controlled study to use neural stem cells with the intent to demonstrate improvement in motor function following spinal cord injury. In this first cohort, we have achieved the highest number of neural stem cells administered into the injured human spinal cord in medical history. We expect to release six month interim data on the first cohort later this year,” Stephen Huhn, M.D., FACS, FAAP, vice president, CNS clinical research and CMO at StemCells, Inc, reported in a news release earlier this year. Also to be released soon is a CBS special that follows one of our Cohort 1 subjects, his life post spinal cord injury, post-surgery, and his hopes for the future. 
Mount Sinai Goes to Yankee Game
On Wednesday Septmber 30th the Mount Sinai Deptartment of Therapeutic Recreation sponsored a Community Access and Re-Entry(C.A.R.E.) trip to Yankees Stadium. Over 20 outpatients and staff participated. Everyone had a wonderful time despite the cloudy weather and an extra inning Yankees loss. A big thanks go out to the Greater NYC Chapter of the  National Spinal Cord Injury Association for their continued support of this program The next trip will be next month to the Imax Cinema.If your hanging out at home with nothing to do, reach out and join us on our next trip. For more info contact Val at
Life Challenge Upcoming Events
Learn to Swim- 54 Street Rec. Center-October 14 to November 11, 2015
Glider Flying-Blairstown NJ-October 23, 2015
Halloween Zombie Laser Tag-Long Island City– October 30, 2015
Vermont Ski Trip-Rutland VT-January 2016

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