Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Research - Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA
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Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA


Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Research

Current Paid Spinal Cord Injury Research Protocols

Body Composition Assessment in Spinal Cord Injury

Body composition is overall breakdown of muscle, fat, bone and water in the body. Spinal cord injured persons exhibit profound changes in body composition starting within weeks of their injury. Unfortunately, determining body composition requires using math calculations that are based on able-bodied individuals; in other words they often are incorrect. This 2 day study motor complete C4-L2 participants will be the first to provide a detail analysis of body composition in SCI and allow others to more easily and correctly determine SCI body compensation. Each participant is compensated $110 for this study.    This study is ongoing. 

SCI-VIP: PrOMOTE (Predictive Outcome Model Over Time for Employment)

Supported employment has recently been shown to be effective in helping veterans with SCI achieve paid employment. We want to continue helping veterans find employment in this way and learn more about what specific things help veterans obtain jobs and maintain them.    This study is ongoing. 

Novabay Catheter patency study

This study will use a new compound, which has been studied and shown to be safe, to decrease or prevent indwelling urinary catheter blockage in persons with SCI who have had problems with this.    This study is ongoing.

Blood Flow Restriction and Skeletal Muscle Adaptations after SCI

The goal of this project is to determine if strength training under occlusion can cause musculoskeletal adaptations, muscle hypertrophy and increase in strength, that could be translated in improving ADL performance in men with cervical SCI.    This study is ongoing. 

Visceral Adipose tissue Assessment and Cardio-Metabolic Risk Factors in Men with SCI

The goal of this project is to evaluate the independent role of VAT, intra-abdominal fat, in the association to increased  risks of developing type II DM, dyslipidemia and metabolic syndrome in men with SCI.    This study is ongoing. 

Abdominal electrical stimulation to enhance vibratory stimulation for ejaculation

We have found that the addition of abdominal electrical muscle stimulation is effective for ejaculation for some people with SCI who have difficulty using a special vibrator by itself. We want to learn more about who can benefit. Male veterans who are interested in understanding their ability to ejaculate may be interested.    This study is ongoing.

Understanding Quality and Equity in Wheelchairs for Veterans

The goals of this project are to determine clinicians' and veteran wheelchair users' perspectives on the wheelchair prescription process.     This study is ongoing.

Family Caregivers for Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury: Exploring the Stresses and Benefits

This project will help identify the areas of need that family caregivers identify and will help develop an instrument to better assess the issues they face as they provide assistance to their family members with SCI.    This study is ongoing.

Preparing Veterans with SCI and TBI for Post-Secondary Education: Development and Implementation of a Mobile Supported Education Model

The goal of this project is to assess a mobile supported education model for assisting veterans with SCI &/or TBI in pursuing post-secondary education.    This study is ongoing.

Contact Info


  • First floor, Room 1V

Contact Number(s)

  • 804-675-6200

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm