Welcome from ISCoS President JJ Wyndaele

Communication and sharing of the known knowledge and experience is extremely important so that progress becomes more global and SCI individuals can benefit.

ISCoS has been very active in this process through education, prevention, science and publications. The external relations with WHO, ISPRM and the large group of Affiliated Societies has created strong possibilities.

But it is mandatory that we meet in person on a regular base to learn about upcoming knowledge, initiatives and more regional situations. Also to talk together and discuss. The Annual Scientific Meeting of ISCoS is a prime place to do all this.

After the successful meetings of the last years, with an ever growing number of participants and an evolving modern approach to communicate, the next meeting has been planned. Dublin has been chosen as the venue for 2017. I hope to see very many of you there. It promises to be another high standard event.


Welcome from ISCoS Scientific Chair John Steeves

Spinal Cord Injury and its management take part in what can easily be called a challenging world. We all live in an area when worldwide social structures, living conditions and expectations of every citizen come under strain. Nobody knows what is coming and this can create a feeling of uncertainty and passivity but our goalsand our task remains. SCI management has seen great changes during the last decades in research, clinical practice, follow up and reinforcement of the care programmes in many parts of the globe but the evolution continues at a fast speed. Standing on the side line is no option.

Join us in Dublin for the 56th Annual Scientific Meeting of ISCoS. The ISCoS Annual Meeting is the world’s premier gathering where the latest research developments are presented in spinal cord injury (SCI) science, care, treatment, recovery and community participation. This year’s event enhances the recent approach for a more inclusive structure to the Annual Meeting.

Every presenting delegate will be treated equally by the opportunity to submit a poster; there will be no short (15-minute) oral presentations. Experience has shown delegates value dedicated poster presentations as a format for greater interaction and informed discussion, thereby facilitating future collaboration and more effective progress. The fact that there is always food nearby and no other simultaneous activities has also contributed to the success of poster sessions!



Welcome from ISCoS Programme Chair Susie Charlifue 

The Irish are renowned for their honesty and wit so it is a fitting location for sharing the discoveries of ISCoS members. Take the opportunity to see the charms of the Emerald Isle when most of the tourists have left for home and be assured the only “blarney” will be reserved for after-hours.

We will be increasing the number of dedicated 90-minute workshops, as well as reserving time on the second day for special interest groups to formulate and plan activities. We are committed to providing 2 plenary lectures each day of the 3-day meeting.

This means you have more freedom to engage in a meeting that suits your specific interests and needs.

 Key Dates

January 2017

Opening of the online abstract submission

24 April 2017

Deadline for abstract submission

May 2017

Opening of the early bird registration

Mid-June 2017

Programme for the Meeting is available

31 July 2017

End early bird registration

Sept 2017

Meeting app available to download

24-26 Oct 2017

ISCoS 2017, Dublin, Citywest Hotel