Involvement from the field plays a critical role in the success of the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC). Periodically, we recruit individuals with spinal cord injury and their family members to participate in MSKTC activities. Here is a listing of our current recruitment initiatives:

National Capital SCI Model System Recruiting Research Participants

The National Capital Spinal Cord Injury Model System, based at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, is recruiting participants for a research study on urinary symptoms. The purpose of the study is to compare the effectiveness of saline vs. probiotic bladder wash to reduce urinary symptoms. To be eligible, participants must be at least 18 years old with SCI, multiple sclerosis, or spina bifida.

Participants will receive $25 for completion of phase 1 and 2, and $50 for completion of phase 3. If interested, please contact Emily Leonard, PhD, at or 202-877-1844.

Recruiting SCI Ambassadors

The MSTKC is recruiting people who are passionate about improving the lives of people with spinal cord injury (SCI) as ambassadors. SCI ambassadors take part in research activities, help create and test MSKTC resources, and share these free resources with those who will benefit from them the most. SCI ambassadors help the MSKTC to better meet the needs of people with SCI and their families.