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Simonette, Gillian - Abstract

Pain is among the most significant complications of spinal cord injury (SCI) affecting more than 70% of individuals presently living with SCI.  Elimination of pain has been identified by this population to be of highest priority.  Our current research is based on literature showing an increased exploration and utilization of alternative ways to manage SCI related pain.  Therefore, we initiated a clinical trial with evaluation of the effect and safety of acupuncture for treating neuropathic pain in individuals with SCI living in the community or just prior to their discharge from rehabilitation services.  My abstract has been accepted at the International Spinal Cord Society conference. As a junior researcher, participating in this conference is an exciting opportunity to meet with world leaders and help my academic career in this rewarding area of study.  It will also allow for the sharing of research results currently being conducted in British Columbia on the international stage.

International Award Winners: Yiu, J., Zwicker, J., Chen, S.,  Faradaji, F., Gaudet, A., Hewapathirane, S., Inskip, J., Mikhail, D., Mills, P., Ramer, L.
National Award Winners: Beirnes, K., Bundon, A., Hume, A., Lige, S., Schiarti, V.