March 1, 2020 was the submission deadline for Mission Connect's new research funding award, Integrating Perspectives in Spinal Cord Injury Research. Five highly promising investigations were submitted before the COVID-19 crisis began and are currently in the hands of members of Mission Connect's External Review Committee (ERC).
To relieve the sense of isolation, and keep happy memories of Moran Camp Xtreme (MCX) alive, Genny Gomez, Director of MCX, is bringing camp activities to the kids virtually. Giving families time to adjust to their new schooling from home routine, in one week, kids can begin watching their inbox for exciting activities.
Most people think that when a person becomes paralyzed that the person simply cannot walk anymore. However, the reality is that there are quite a few systems of the body that are effected by a spinal cord injury (SCI). Body temperature regulation, skin breakdown, high/low blood pressure, neurogenic bowel/bladder issues, osteoporosis, muscle contracture, decreased lung capacity, hypersensitivity, potential sexual dysfunction, and decreased metabolism (I’m sure I missed a few). Not to mention the psychological and social effects of an SCI or disability.
On February 24, members of TIRR Foundation's Board of Directors, TIRR Family and guests boarded a bus at 7:30 am and headed to College Station for a tour of Mission Connect labs focused on spinal cord injury repair and regeneration. As part of TIRR Foundation's Spinal Cord Injury Research Hiring Initiative, four new researchers were hired to open Mission Connect labs within four schools at TAMU. TIRR Foundation's $1.5 million investment in SCI research at TAMU has created a powerful collaborative platform at this institution which further strengthens Mission Connect.