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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 provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.