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Community Research Priorities (Episode 85)

Guest: Kim Anderson-Erisman

Today's guest is Dr. Kim Anderson-Erisman, a friend and a very influential researcher who we have a really great conversation with. We begin with the story of her spinal cord injury along with her early studies and research, and that leads into one of the things she’s best known for: her work on patient preference as a result of directly surveying the spinal cord injury community. Finally, we explore how this trajectory in her work influenced the research community going forward. I think you're going to enjoy this conversation. We sure did.

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Bumper music: Dig a Hole by Freaque

Guest Bio

Dr. Anderson-Erisman is a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the MetroHealth System and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine, and Associate Director of the Institute for Functional Restoration.  She also has lived with a cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) for 34 years.  Her research focuses on translational investigations and bridging the gap between basic science, clinical science, and the public community living with SCI.  At MetroHealth-CWRU she is continuing her leadership in clinical trials for SCI and further developing her independent research efforts addressing issues important to people living with SCI with an emphasis on translational research to deploy treatments to the clinic.  She is currently the Director of the Northeast Ohio Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System of Care.  She was also a co-founder and the inaugural President of the North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium.

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