NASCIC: Community voices have role in new Consortium

A group of agencies, network and organizations from across North America that share the same goal for research, care and spinal research policy have come together to form the North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium (NASCIC). The Consortium secretariat is overseen by the Canadian Spinal Research Organization (CSRO)at its Toronto office.

“NASCIC will allow for a better alignment of resources and effort towards the cure research continuum,” says Barry Munro, Chair CSRO and Chief Development Officer of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF). “NASCIC is an organization that reflects the community it represents – people living with spinal cord injury and those who care for them.”

NASCIC founders have begun to connect with the many dozens of grassroots SCI community organizations. Many of these organizations, often peer-support groups, are active on social media platforms such as Facebook. “They are sharing their collective knowledge daily,” says Barry. “NASCIC will help to bring their voices together, create goals and take action to pursue projects that will empower the SCI community.”

The NASCIC office is co-located with ONF in Toronto.