International Spinal Cord Society | ISCoS
The International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS, formerly IMSoP) promotes the highest standard of care in the practice of spinal cord injury for men, women and children throughout the world. Through its medical and multi disciplinary team of Professionals ISCoS endeavours to foster education, research and clinical excellence.
ISCoS has a membership of Clinicians and Scientists from 87 countries. They regularly update their knowledge at the Annual Scientific Meeting held in a different country each year. ISCoS is continuously expanding both in membership and new horizons.
SPINAL CORD and SPINAL CORD SERIES & CASES are the official Journals of the International Spinal Cord Society and is the forum that attracts publications from clinicians and basic scientists who work in the field of Spinal Injuries.
Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis:
With the global community, we share in the sorrow and have deep concern for the people affected by the events in Ukraine. The horrific war has created a humanitarian crisis that requires cooperative international efforts now, and for the foreseeable future. ISCoS recognises that in emergencies and conflicts, persons with disability are particularly vulnerable, and such disasters will also inflict new trauma, including spinal cord injuries. Health workers and systems are directly impacted by overwhelming needs in the face of damaged or destroyed infrastructure, depleted resources and personal safety risks.
ISCoS is committed to working collaboratively with partners and lead organizations to assist and support the humanitarian response. We seek to ensure that the current and future rehabilitation needs of people are coordinated and based on needs identified by our professional colleagues and the communities in which they are working. ISCoS is a signatory to a Joint Statement on Coordinating Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology as Part of a Humanitarian Response in Ukraine.
Through the ISCoS External Relations Committee, and its Disaster Sub-Committee, ISCoS communicates with the World Health Organisation and other allied Non-State Actors, where we strive to call attention to the unique needs of persons with spinal cord injuries and those providing care for such trauma. We will aim to keep our members updated as to initiatives, developments, and needs, and provide links to resources and programs as available. As an example, our colleagues of the European Spinal Cord Injury Federation with support of the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation and the German Spinal Injuries Association are operating a Safe House near the border in Poland as shelter and meeting point for war refuges with disability ESCIF Safe house - European Spinal Cord Injury FederationEuropean Spinal Cord Injury Federation
Working collaboratively with WHO, Ministry of Health and International Partner Organisations we anticipate future roles including support for training, navigation for SCI resources and long-term rebuilding of the devastated health systems.
ISCoS 2022 - CALL FOR ABSTRACTS IS NOW CLOSED!
Thank you to all who have submitted an abstract for the 61st Annual Scientific Meeting taking place in Vancouver this year.
Abstract notifications will be sent in early-May and the preliminary programme will be available by end-May.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT WWW.ISCOSMEETINGS2022.ORG