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The ISCoS 2021 preliminary programme is now available! Programme timing is based on PDT (Vancouver, Canada) Time.

Featuring world leading keynote speakers, excellent instructional courses and group workshops, outstanding oral and poster presentations, this year’s preliminary programme is now available to view. Share with friends and colleagues and start planning your agenda now for this year’s scientific meeting. Be sure not to miss the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas live with the presenters.


Early Bird Registration is now closed!

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Standard registration is now closed! Late Rate applies.


2020 is the year we learnt to do things very differently due to a small and very nasty virus. We have learnt to use virtual systems for staff and ward meetings, for patient reviews and for our education, our learning and our teaching but we have missed being with our friends, our families and our colleagues. We have learnt to move away rather than towards others, we all wash our hands much more often than before, we have stopped travelling to other places, for work, for meetings and/or for holidays and wear masks much of the time for our everyone’s safety.

So many conferences have been cancelled, postponed, or have been reconfigured as virtual meetings and many meetings are now hybrid. Instead of being in Yokohama in September 2020, the 59th ISCoS Annual Scientific Meeting went virtual and virtual meetings have a lot going for them, including reduced costs and allowing people to attend who otherwise could not.

Our plan was to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the first ISCoS ASM in beautiful Vancouver but Covid19 is continuing to make travel extremely difficult (in fact ‘scary’). Some of you will recall the wonderful meeting held in Vancouver in 2002 and we will revisit this lovely city for our 61st ASM in 2022 instead.

Our 2021 meeting will again be virtual. The ISCoS 60th Annual Scientific Meeting will be safe for everyone to attend with no international travel required.  Instead, we will all attend our 60th ASM from our offices and homes using the interactive technology that we are now utilising daily.

I look forward to spending our 60th ISCoS ASM with all of you via the virtual links that will be available and hope that 2022 allows us to again meet in person once most of the world has been vaccinated against this nasty virus.

A/Prof Ruth Marshall

ISCoS President

ISCoS Executive Committee

ISCoS President Prof. Ruth Marshall

Dr. S Charlifue Hon.

Dr. E M Hagen Hon. Treasurer

Past President Dr. H S Chhabra

Dr. G Scivoletto Chair of Scientific ISCoS Programme Committee 

Local Organising Committee

We are hugely honoured to be supported by our esteemed Local Committee members and we are delighted to announce that they have agreed to continue working with ISCoS for another year, in the planning of the in-person meeting, which will take place in Vancouver, 15th to 18th September 2022!

Dr. Andrei Krassioukov
Dr. Brian Kwon
Dr. Cathy Craven
Dr. Chris McBride
Dr. Colleen O’Connell
Dr. Karim Fouad
Dr. Laurent Bouyer
Dr. Michael Fehlings
Dr. Tara Jeji
Dr. Vanessa Noonan
Dr. Wolfram Tetzlaff
Joanna Marie Rivera
John Chernesky


Programme timing is based on PDT (Vancouver, Canada) Time.


The 60th International Spinal Cord Society Annual Scientific Meeting (ISCoS 2021: VIRTUAL)’ has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 30 category 1 (external) CPD credit(s).

The International Spinal Cord Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Virtual, United Kingdom, 29/09/2021-02/10/2021 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 30 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.”

“Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at

“Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.”

EACCME® credits

Each participant can only receive the number of credits he/she is entitled to according to his/her actual participation at the event once he/she has completed the feedback form. Cf. criteria 9 and 23 of UEMS 2016.20. Please find below the breakdown of ECMEC®s per day: 

29.09.2021 – 6.00

30.09.2021 – 8.00

01.10.2021 – 8.00

02.10.2021 – 8.00

The EACCME® awards ECMEC®s on the basis of 1 ECMEC® for one hour of CME with a maximum of 8 ECMEC®s per day. Cf. Chapter X of UEMS 2016.20.

**Check HERE for the Low and Low Middle Income Countries Criteria.

Keynote Speakers

The Guttmann Lecture:
Dr. Charles Tator

The ISCoS Lecture:
Dr. Catherine Jutzeler

ISRT Lecture:
Prof. Simone Di Giovanni

WFL Lecture:
Prof. Martin Schwab

Anthony Dimarco Lecture:
Prof. Jane Butler


Industry sponsor and exhibitor information !

INDUSTRy opportunities to engage through sponsorship and exhibiting

ISCoS Meeting provides an educational environment dedicated to the exchange of scientific research, training and learning. Take advantage of exposure to an interested and relevant audience; sponsors and their representatives will be in a position to interact with international SCI professionals. There are various opportunities for companies interested in supporting the meeting.  

Interested in becoming a Sponsor or Exhibiting?

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ISCoS 2021 virtual sponsors & Supporters

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ISCoS President 

Assoc Prof Ruth Marshall


ISCoS Meetings continues to attract Spinal Cord Injury professionals with interest and activity in prevention, research, management and/or rehabilitation of persons with spinal cord lesions. In recent years the annual meeting has become more interdisciplinary and brings together a varied group including neurologists, neurosurgeons, nurses, traumotologists, physical therapists, social workers, occupational therapists orthopaedic surgeons, psychologists, sports therapists and urologists. The educational programme will encourage these delegates to share knowledge and experience as they research the new innovations within their fields.  


Why You Should Attend? 

The meeting will include world class keynote speakers, who will provide overviews and insights on a variety of SCI care topics. We are delighted that the meeting will include specialist symposia, panel debates, instructional courses, workshops, talks and posters to inspire discussions and lively debate during the sessions and networking throughout the meeting. 


About the Society 

The International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) promotes the highest standard of care in the practice of spinal cord injury for men, women and children throughout the world. Our purpose is to study all problems relating to traumatic and non-traumatic lesions of the spinal cord including prevention, basic and clinical research, medical and surgical management, clinical practice, medical and surgical management, education, rehabilitation and social reintegration. Through its medical and multi-disciplinary team of Professionals, ISCoS endeavours to foster education, research and clinical excellence. For more information about the society, please visit


Become a Member

Interested in becoming a member of ISCoS? Click here for more information. 


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