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Research Director Explains Latest Developments in Spinal Cord Injury Research

Researcher's podcast launches Shepherd Center Radio.

Many exciting developments are occurring in the field of spinal cord injury research. They include both basic and applied research aimed at finding a cure, as well as ways to improve function and quality of life. After years of tests and research, there have been many positive results. 

In the first in a series of Shepherd Center Radio podcasts, listen to a 10-minute interview with Edelle Field-Fote, PT, Ph.D., who discusses spinal cord injury research and the work being done at Shepherd Center to help improve the quality of life for its patients. This podcast and others are available at or can be downloaded as an MP3 file from the link above.

A transcript of the podcast is available by clicking here and scrolling down to Dr. Field-Fote's interview.

Dr. Field-Fote became the director of spinal cord injury research at Shepherd Center in May 2014. For the past two decades, she was the director of the Neuromotor Rehabilitation Research Laboratory at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. She has a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Miami, a master's degree in environmental health and safety from the University of Miami and a doctorate in movement science from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Field-Fote's research has focused on restoring walking and hand function after spinal cord injury by making use of spinal pathways not damaged by injury.

For more information on Shepherd Center research, click here.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.