About the Editors
Daniel E. Graves, Ph.D, Sidney Kimmel, Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, United States
Daniel E. Graves, Ph.D. is currently Professor and Vice Chairman of Research for Rehabilitation Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Associate Dean of Research for the College of Rehabilitation Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Graves came to Jefferson in July of 2017. He has served as principle investigator of Model Spinal Cord Injury Systems Grants from 1996 – 2016 as Director of Spinal Cord Injury Research for The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) 1989-2011 and University of Louisville 2011- 2016. He is an active member of ISCoS since 1996 and a member of Spinal Cord Outcomes Partnership Endeavor (SCOPE). His editorial service includes 17 years as a section editor for Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Supplements from 2003-2020. He has served on the Board of Governors of the American Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from 2003-2006. In 2007 Dr. Graves was given the honor of becoming a Fellow of the American Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He holds both Master and Doctorate Degrees (1997, 2001) in Statistics and Measurement from the University of Houston as well as a Master of Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary 2020.
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.
PD Dr.-Ing. Rüdiger Rupp
Priv.-Doz. Dr.-Ing. Rüdiger Rupp received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering with focus on biomedical engineering and his Dr.-Ing. degree from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1994 and 2008, respectively. In 2018, he received his venia legendi in Experimental Neurology from Heidelberg University. After working at the Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Biocybernetics (Prof. G. Vossius) until 1996, since 1997 he is with the Spinal Cord Injury Center (Head: Prof. N. Weidner) of Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany, where he holds the position as the head of the section Experimental Neurorehabilitation. His main research interests are in the field of rehabilitation engineering for people living with spinal cord injury. This includes neuroprosthetics mainly of the upper extremity, man-machine interfaces, gait analysis, development and clinical validation of novel methods and devices for locomotion therapy and realization of software projects for standardized documentation of rehabilitation outcome.
He is author of more than 320 journal, book chapter, textbook and conference publications and holds two patents. He has been awarded several times for his work and is a member of IEEE, IFESS, VDE, DMGP, DGOOC, NervClub, ISCoS and ASIA. Since 2017, he is chair of the ASIA International Standards Committee.