The International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) serves as an international impartial, non-political and nonprofit making association. Our purpose is to study all problems relating to traumatic and non-traumatic lesions of the spinal cord including prevention, basic and clinical research, medical and surgical management, clinical practice, education, rehabilitation and social reintegration. We function in close collaboration with other national and international bodies, thereby encouraging the most efficient use of available resources. ISCoS has over 1,000 members from 87 countries and our headquarters are based at the Spinal Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital (SMH) in the United Kingdom. The Spinal Unit at SMH was founded in February 1944 by Dr Ludwig Guttmann (later Sir Ludwig Guttmann), and was a Ministry of Pensions hospital for the treatment of injured servicemen and ex-servicemen. In 1952 the Spinal Unit became the National Spinal Injuries Centre, part of the British National Health Service. In 1948 the National Stoke Mandeville games were started and in 1952 the International Stoke Mandeville games were founded. In 1955 the doctors from various countries who accompanied their teams to these games, started to meet informally to discuss their clinical work and research. As these meetings became larger and more formal, the International Medical Society of Paraplegia (now ISCoS) was founded in 1961 with Sir Ludwig Guttmann as the President. In the early years, our Annual Scientific Meetings were held at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, except in Olympic years when they were held in association with the Paralympics. The Annual Scientific Meetings are now held in many different countries and, in addition, we support regional meetings throughout the world.
Recognising the need for disseminating information about comprehensive management of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) has taken the initiative to develop elearnsci, a web based teaching and educational resource. Elearnsci.org specifically addresses the current lack of professional development opportunities for
medical and paramedical professionals involved in Spinal Cord Injury Management due to the limited acces of up-to-date SCI training and learning materials/resources. The Asian Spinal Cord Network (ASCoN), the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), Livability and the University of Sydney partnered with ISCoS for the development of this resource,
and Access to Health Care supported this effort. IScoS also provides data sets for tracking a variety of outcomes after SCI, supports SCI conferences in emerging nations and has developed a working relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO).
ISCoS 2017 will attract around 1,000 Spinal Cord Injury specialists, mostly SCI doctors, however in recent years the annual meeting has become more interdisciplinary and brings together a varied group including nurses, neurologists, neurosurgeons, traumotologists, physical therapists, social workers, occupational therapists orthopaedic surgeons, psychologists, sports therapists and urologists. The educational programme will encourage these delegates to share knowledge andexperience as they research the new innovations within their fields. ISCoS 2017 is the only real opportunity to promote your ideas and brand to your direct customers, as well as being at the forefront of the discipline while new ideas, research, science and solutions are being discussed for the first time.
Involvement in ISCoS Annual Scientific Meetings will…
• Promote your company/organisation as a leading supporter of
• Show your company supports ongoing education and
scientific research in relation to spinal cord injuries
• Provide direct access to around 1,000 delegates and
indirect access to a professional community via the
dissemination of ISCoS 2017 data
• Provide you with a platform to develop high level,
long term contacts with key opinion leaders and
• Strengthen your brand and existing
• Differentiate you from your competitors