SwiSCI - Research platform
SwiSCI functions as a research platform for national and international project collaborations.
The objective of this platform is to build a closer connection with researchers who would like to conduct projects within the SwiSCI spectrum of topics. In order to profoundly examine specific issues, such research projects concerning spinal cord injury can be adjoined to SwiSCI.
SwiSCI offers different ways of project collaborations:
- Research projects can use SwiSCI core data, i.e. variables routinely collected through Pathway I, Pathway II or Pathway III.
- SwiSCI Nested projects: Research projects can use variables routinely collected through Pathway 1, Pathway 2 or Pathway 3, combined with an additional data collection.
- SwiSCI Joint projects:Research projects can use variables routinely collected through Pathway 1, Pathway 2 or Pathway 3 combined with data from other sources.
If you are interested in a project collaboration you are welcome to send us an e-mail request to . We will send you the corresponding guidelines and forms.
SwiSCI works in collaboration with the four Swiss paraplegic centers located in Nottwil, Basel, Sion and Zurich; as well as with the Swiss Paraplegic Association and the home care service ParaHelp. Furthermore SwiSCI cooperates with project groups at Swiss universities and international research institutions.
The SwiSCI Steering Committee is the highest decision making board of SwiSCI involving all partners of the study.
The SwiSCI Study Center is in charge of the plannings and study operations, hosted by Swiss Paraplegic Research in Nottwil.
Interest groups are interdisciplinary expert fora supporting the Steering Committee and the Study Center.
In order to better understand and optimize the quality of life and health of persons with SCI SwiSCI strives for three special aims:
- the development of comprehensive knowledge on functioning, disability, health and aging with SCI in Switzerland;
- the identification of approaches centering in optimizing care, for example the use of devices, or decisions by law influencing the SCI population;
- the development of an epidemiologic database containing broad information on the characteristics of spinal cord injuries for health professionals, researchers and stakeholders in social and health care policy;
- provide a research platform for nested and joint projects and develop research capacity.
The SwiSCI Study Center is located at Swiss Paraplegic Research (SPR) in Nottwil. Leaders of SPR are Prof. Dr. Gerold Stuckias director since 2005 and Mirjam Brach as research manager since 2006.
It is the objective of the SPR to contribute to a long-term and lasting improvement of functioning, equal opportunities and quality of life of people with paraplegia through holistic, clinical and population-based research. The holistic perspective of research at the Swiss Paraplegic Research Institute is unique and it integrates all relevant bio-psychosocial aspects of human experience into its research.
The SPR follows the strategy 'GSIR' (Get Strategy into Research) as a principle, in order to ensure that the relating strategies of research in the single projects are realized in the daily routine of research. There is the overall goal "GRIP" (Get Research into Practice) in the development phase, which supports the implementation of the research results into provision, services and politics.
In order to realize its objectives, the SPR has established a national and international research network for holistic rehabilitation research, with which the latest insights shall now be applied for best possible medical support and care, social security, politics and society. The Swiss Paraplegic Research Institute is an institution which is recognized and sponsored by the state and the canton. It is also connected to the professorship of Health Sciences and Health Politics at the University of Lucerne and hence plays an important role at the research location Switzerland.