December 2016   

Welcome 2017! 
Our Mount Sinai SCI Team are wishing you all a joyous and healthy new year and hope your holiday weekend that just passed was filled with much love, light and happiness. We are looking forward to an exciting and action packed 2017. Starting off the year,  Life Challenge Program will be heading up to Rutland, VT on January 6th-8th for our annual ski trip which is shaping up to be a spectacular time out on the slopes. Some more things to look forward to in 2017 will be a day trip up to iFly where you can learn how to skydive without jumping out of a plane, water skiing and wake boarding, kayaking, jet skiing and skydiving are just a few of many activities that will be set in motion with the upcoming months. So get ready for some adventurous fun and remember...
"No Excuses"
We would like to welcome Kristell Taylor (left) and Koret Munguldar (right) to the Mount Sinai Department of Rehabilitation Medicine team as the new Clinical Research Coordinators!
Kristell is a recent graduate of Vassar College where she studied Neuroscience and Behavior, Chemistry, and Latin American/Latino Studies.  She hopes to pursue a Public Health degree in Epidemiology and continue to medical school to receive an MD. Prior to working at Mount Sinai, Kristell has had research experience working with rodents as well as clinical research experience through the Post Exposure Prophylaxis study at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Kristell is now ecstatic and grateful to begin her career in healthcare in a position that perfectly ties together her interest in medicine, research, and the field of neuroscience. 

Koret graduated from New York University in 2016 with a BA in Psychology. Prior to working at Mount Sinai, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Gerald Voelbel at NYU Langone Medical Center where she researched the efficacy of computer based cognitive training and enrichment on cognitive rehabilitation in persons with TBI. Koret is excited to be apart of the team here at Mount Sinai and is looking forward to what the future will bring being here.
Axis & NY Chapter Holiday Party
It was a beautiful night spent at the annual holiday party that was sponsored by The Axis Project and the NYCSCIA. The music was pumping and much fun was had out on the dance floor as everyone was moving and grooving to the beats.  There was also a spectacular performance by Cirque Central ( that was a sexy, elegant and beautiful display of aerial acrobatics. You can see more pictures from this wonderful evening on The Axis Project FaceBook page by clicking on the button below. 
The Axis Project FB Page
Competition for Access-a-Ride Providers
For those of you who use Access-a-Ride and and feel that the providers of Access-a Ride are falling short on customer service and satisfaction, Well it's looking like they have some competition right on their doorstep. NYC's taxi companies and Uber are vying to convince the Metropolitan Transportation Authority they can transport disabled, impaired and elderly New Yorkers better and cheaper than the current providers of Access-a-Ride. If the project goes ahead, It's not clear how the existing paratransit providers will be affected, sinse they're all operating under long-term contracts. An MTA spokeswoman said " it is very early in the process but customer satisfaction and system reliability remain our top priority for Access-a-Ride and we are taking customer feedback into account as we determine the future of this pilot." So with that said, If you have a bad experience with Access-a-Ride, don't go and complain about it to your family and friends. Call up customer service and tell them all about it. It can very well make a difference.
Botox Study For Back Pain
Ajax Yang, MD. is conducting research evaluating the potential of Botox injection underneath the skin to provide pain relief in persons with SCI's that have nerve pain near the level of injury in the spine. Injection of Botox just under the skin have been shown to decrease nerve pain in other individuals and have been reported to help people with spinal cord injury related pain. It is important to know that you may not get any benefit from participating in this research. However, possible benefits are temporary decrease in your back pain following the procedure for about 3 months or longer. 

If you would like to learn more about this study or have any questions, please contact Ajax Yang, MD. at 857-222-2264 or

Brain & Spinal Cord Study
Autonomic Nervous System Study
Researchers at the Bronx VA are conducting a research project investigating the degree of cardiovascular autonomic dysfunction in people with SCI. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is the part of the nervous system that controls many bodily functions that you don't think about, such as your heart rate, breathing rate, sweating, and blood pressure. ANS function will be examined through a series of simple clinical tests. Participation will last about 2 weeks and require 2 two-hour visits to Mount Sinai. For each visit, participants will receive $50 for a total compensation of $100 for the study. Those that are interested can contact  Matthew Maher at 718-584-9000 ext 1732 or
Caregiver Support Group
Just a reminder to all interested, the Caregiver Support Group is meeting every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 5:50pm - 7pm at 5 East 102nd Street, Room 109. For more information, please contact Christina Nostitz at 212-824-7608 or
Recipe For The Month
Coming from someone who grew up with really good home style southern cooking, here is a pecan pie recipe that will knock your socks off!

  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
1.     Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2.     In a large bowl, beat eggs until foamy, and stir in melted butter. Stir in the brown sugar, raw sugar and the flour; mix well. Last add the milk, vanilla and nuts.

3.     Pour into 9 inch unbaked pie shell. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until done.

4.     All done! Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Life Challenge Upcoming Events
For info or to reserve a spot, contact Woody Wood
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