The Use of Biomarkers to Predict Recovery in Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder


Live Webinar Date and Time: Wednesday, July 17, 2024 4:00-5:30pm CT

Note: If you are unable to attend the live event, you will be automatically enrolled in the on-demand version.  The on-demand version will be available six weeks after the live broadcast.

Instructors: Shoshana Clark, PT, DPT, NCS, CLT, Monica A. Perez, PT, PhD & Jonathan Ripic, PT, DPT

Webinar Description: Spinal cord injury/disorder (SCI/D) is a challenging condition affecting the lives of individuals and their families, leading to a significant decline in quality of life. This webinar will explore how technology and predictive biomarkers can aid in rehabilitation and impact rehabilitative care of SCI/D. The presenters will discuss the current and ongoing research regarding biological markers that may correlate with levels of spasticity or neurological recovery and functional improvement. This webinar will conclude with examining the clinician’s role of incorporating this research into practice and the progression of recovery for a patient with SCI/D.

Learner Outcomes: Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:  

  1. Identify predictive biomarkers that may indicate neurological recovery during the early stages of SCI/D.
  2. List individualized patient-centered rehabilitation strategies to maximize optimal recovery and make informed decisions on resource allocation using biomarkers.

Successful Completion: Participants will be present during the live webinar in its entirety and complete an attendance verification and assessment in the Academy Learning Portal within one month of the live air date. 

Audience: Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and Speech-Language Pathologists

Continuing Education:

Occupational Therapists:

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID pending. This distance learning interactive webinar is offered at .15 CEUs [intermediate, OT service delivery/ Foundational Knowledge]. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Physical Therapists: This online course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by California and the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education for 1.5 Contact Hours on 03/11/2024.

The following states require continuing education units or contact hours with no state specific approval: CT, IA, and WA

Speech-Language Pathologists: 

Course Directors and Planning Committee Members:
Julie Lenkiewicz, MS, CCC-SLP - Has nothing to disclose.
Melissa Kolski, PT, OCS, Dip MDT - Has nothing to disclose.
Leslie Marriott, OT - Has nothing to disclose.
Pamela Pfeifer, MS, RN, NPD-BC - Has nothing to disclose.
Speakers, Moderators and Panelists:
Shoshana Clark, PT, DPT, NCS, CLT - Has nothing to disclose.
Monica A. Perez, PT, PhD - Has nothing to disclose.
Jonathan Ripic, PT, DPT - Non-financial: Has nothing to disclose. Financial: Grant Awardee, 2023–2024 James Brown IV Fellowship for Allied Health Staff, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

Technology Requirements: To participate, you will need access to a device with an Internet connection. Computers, laptops, iOS and Android devices are supported.

High-speed broadband Internet access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended. 
Additional requirements include: Web browser: latest stable version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, JavaScript and Cookies enabled, Speaker and microphone, or headset with microphone, or phone to listen to webinar facilitators, Do NOT use Internet Explorer as it is not supported.

      Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of a live webinar, please provide written notice by email or by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


      Online Learning Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists