ASCIP is pleased to announce its hybrid conference will take place September 5-8, 2021.

The live portion of the meeting will be at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, Nevada. You may attend this meeting virtually by selecting that option at registration.

You will have access to all programming and CE credit opportunities regardless of how you choose to attend.

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2021 Award Lecturers

Keynote Speaker

Kim Anderson-Erisman

Bridging the Gap: Engaging people living with SCI across the spectrum of translation

Audrey Nelson Lecture

Susan Newman, PhD

Feasibility of a community-based peer-supported SCI self-management intervention

Donald Munro Lecture

Frances Weaver

From Health Services Research to Implementation Science: Advancing Quality of Care in Spinal Cord Injury

Essie Morgan Lecture

Sigmund Hough, PhD, ABPP/rp

Why do we Have Tomorrows?

James J. Peters Lecture

Stephen Burns, MD

Veterans Affairs Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Registry and the System of Care

TLC Distinguished Lecture

Laura S. Wehrli, PT, DPT, NCS, ATP

Not Taking Responsibility Made Me a Better Therapist and Mentor

Bors Award

Nicholas Santino, MSc

Physical activity and life satisfaction among individuals with spinal cord injury: Exploring loneliness as a possible mediator

Jayanthi Lecture

Michelle Trbovich, MD

The Impact of Anticholinergic vs Beta Agonist on Cognition in Persons With Spinal Cord Injury

Anthony DiMarco Lecture

Carlos Mantilla, MD, PhD

ASCIP “Many Minds…One Vision”

ASCIP membership provides medical professionals advanced learning opportunities and professional networking that enhances your professional interests, as well as those of your patients and their families. ASCIP is a not for profit incorporated association comprised of 4 professional sections: American Paraplegia Society (APS), Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses (ASCIN), Psychologists, Social Workers & Counselors (PSWC) and Therapy Leadership Council (TLC).

Mission Statement – To optimize the health and wellness of individuals with SCI/D through advanced interdisciplinary education, professional development and scientific research.

One of the many strengths of the Academy is its multidisciplinary membership. As a urologist, the fusion of energy created by the various disciplines focusing on spinal cord injury is tremendous. I find the integrated scientific research possibilities, state-of-the-art annual meetings and networking opportunities invaluable.
Michael Kennelly

Michael J. Kennelly, MD, FACS
Director at Charlotte Continence Center, McKay Department of Urology

Professional Sections

The Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to advancing the care of people with spinal cord injury/disorder (SCI/D).


The APS is dedicated to improving the quality of care delivered to persons with spinal cord impairment. The mission of the American Paraplegia Society is to advance spinal cord medicine through state of the art education, dissemination of information, and promotion of research and advocacy.

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The Academy’s Psychologists, Social Workers & Counselors Section, American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists, Social Workers & Counselors, specializes in the provision of psychosocial services to meet the cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of persons affected by spinal cord impairment.

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The Academy Spinal Cord Injury Nurses section, formerly known as the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses, believes that spinal cord impairment and related disorders are multifaceted, catastrophic experiences for individuals that have implications for families, significant others and society as a whole.

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Therapy Leadership Council began in 2004 as a small meeting of VA SCI therapists. The meeting was held in Seattle, Washington and was sponsored by a grant from the United Spinal Association. TLC’s meeting eventually became a parallel meeting with the Congress on Spinal Cord Injury Medicine.

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Institutional Member Recognition