About the Editors
Lisa Harvey, BappSc, GradDipAppSc(ExSpSc), MAppSc, PhD
Lisa Harvey is a Professor at Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Australia where she teaches, runs her own research program and supervises PhD students. She has a background in physiotherapy with 20 years clinical experience in spinal cord injuries. She completed her PhD in 2000 and moved into a full-time academic position in 2004. Her research focuses on the effectiveness of different physical rehabilitation interventions for people with spinal cord injuries. She is principal investigator on several large multi-centered international clinical trials, including a trial designed to determine the effectiveness of a low cost model of community based care to reduce mortality following spinal cord injuries in low income countries. She teaches about evidence-based practice and physiotherapy both nationally and internationally, and is currently Clinimetrics Editor for the Journal of Physiotherapy. Professor Harvey sole authored a textbook for physiotherapists on management of spinal cord injuries and has co-authored four book chapters including a chapter on physiotherapy management of spinal cord injuries in the official textbook for the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS). She played a lead role in the development of www.elearnSCI.org and exercise prescribing software (www.PTX.rehab). She has been involved with ISCoS in many different capacities over the last 15 years including immediate past chairperson of the Education Committee and Council member.
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Professor Marcel WM Post, PhD
Marcel Post studied psychology and graduated in 1985. He has been a Special (research) Professor in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation at the University of Groningen since 2014 and leader of the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program at the Center of Excellence for Rehabilitation Medicine since 2005. His research interests include participation, quality of life, psychological factors, self-management and empowerment, and instrument development in these areas. He is author or co-author of 300+ articles in peer-reviewed journals and co-editor of the Dutch Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology (2014). He contributed to the Dutch Clinical Practice Guideline on Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation (2017) and wrote on outcome measurement in the ISCoS Textbook. Professor Post serves as Section Editor of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is on the Executive Board of the International SCI Data Sets project. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Netherlands Society for Rehabilitation Medicine.
Professor Masa Nakamura, MD, PhD
Masaya Nakamura has been a Professor and Chair at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan since 2015. He graduated from Keio University in 1987 and received a PhD in 1995 from Keio University. He specializes in spine and spinal cord surgery as well as neuroscience, especially stem cell biology and regenerative medicine for spinal cord injury. His current research focuses on clinical trials of cell therapy for people with spinal cord injury using iPS cells. He received the First award of the Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine and 51th Baelz prize in 2014.
Dr Sonja de Groot, PhD
Sonja de Groot studied Human Movement Sciences and graduated in 1997. She attained her PhD from the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences of the VU University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Since 2004, she has worked as a senior researcher at the Reade, Center for Rehabilitation and Rheumatology in Amsterdam. In 2009 she was appointed Assistant Professor at the Center of Human Movement Sciences at the University of Groningen. She joined the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 2020 as Associate Professor. Dr De Groot was the coordinator of the Dutch multi-center research program titled: 'Restoration of mobility in SCI rehabilitation' and 'ALLRISC' (see: www.nvdg.org/scionn). She is the secretary of the research committee of the Dutch Flemish Spinal Cord Society (DuFScoS). Dr De Groot's current research interests include the study of spinal cord injury rehabilitation, exercise physiology, wheelchair propulsion and configuration, and adapted sports. She has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals.
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Professor Marcel Dijkers, PhD
Marcel Dijkers studied sociology at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and at Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, obtaining the Ph.D. in 1978. He was director of Research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan from 1981 to 1999, while holding the rank of Assistant, later Associate, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at WSU. He joined the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, in 1999, and became Research Professor. He rejoined the WSU faculty in 2015 as Professor of PM&R. Dr. Dijkers’ rehabilitation research interests have been very broad, as evidenced by his more than 160 published papers and chapters, and over 250 conference presentations. Two areas of focus have been research methodology and spinal cord injury (SCI). He has researched the social and functional consequences of SCI, the delivery of health services for individuals with these conditions, as well as the determinants of community integration, quality of life and other outcomes. Research methodology interests have been the measurement of functioning and quality of life, treatment integrity in rehabilitation research, the classification and quantification of rehabilitative treatments, and systematic reviewing/meta-analysis for evidence-based practice. Dr. Dijkers has been the president of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the world’s premier rehabilitation research organization, and is an editor and active peer reviewer for a number of rehabilitation journals.
Dr Michael Fehlings
Dr. Fehlings is the Vice Chair Research for the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto and a Neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network. Dr. Fehlings is a Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, holds the Gerry and Tootsie Halbert Chair in Neural Repair and Regeneration, and is a Senior Scientist at the Krembil Research Institute. In the fall of 2008, Dr. Fehlings was appointed the inaugural Director of the University of Toronto Neuroscience Program (which he held until June 2012) and is currently Co-Director of the University of Toronto Spine Program. Dr. Fehlings combines an active clinical practice in complex spinal surgery with a translationally oriented research program focused on discovering novel treatments to improve functional outcomes following both traumatic and non-traumatic forms of spinal cord injury (SCI). He has published over 900 peer-reviewed articles (h-index 93) chiefly in the area of central nervous system injury and complex spinal surgery. In 2017, Dr. Fehlings led the initiative to create Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management of degenerative cervical myelopathy and acute traumatic SCI. Dr. Fehlings has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Olivecrona Award and Ryman Prize.