The Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System (NNJSCIS) was established as a Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SCIMS) in 1990 by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to serve the Northern and Central New Jersey catchment area, a 13-county ethnically and socioeconomically diverse region of 6.6 million persons. The NNJSCIS is a cooperative effort of Kessler Foundation, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School (UMDNJ-NJMS) and University Hospital (UMDNJ-UH). The NNJSCIS provides a comprehensive continuum of state-of-the-art care for persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) and their families from the time of injury through rehabilitation and return to the community. Our system of care treats over 100 newly injured persons with traumatic SCI and provides outpatient follow-up to over 1500 persons with chronic SCI per year. The NNJSCIS conducts cutting edge SCI research, ranging from clinical trials to epidemiological studies and has made consistent and substantial contributions to the national SCIMS database over its 20-year history.

Research Projects

As Lead Center

Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System
Rachel Byrne

Kessler Foundation, 1199 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange,


Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System

Research Center Staff

Steven Kirshblum, M.D.


Rachel Byrne, M.A.

Primary Data Collector