On Our Minds

The Neilsen Foundation staff often find themselves in interesting conversation with colleagues, grantees and members of both the philanthropic and spinal cord injury communities.  It’s an exciting time in the SCI field with advances in science and the ongoing discussions about disability inclusion.  We value collaboration, the sharing of ideas and developing innovative approaches to solving difficult issues.  Periodically we share thoughts and ideas with the hope of creating opportunities for dialogue.

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In the News

Ohio State trial helps spinal cord patients progress

COLUMBUS, OH (The Columbus Dispatch) — One in front of the other, Brianna Walker's neon blue sneakers padded downward on the specially constructed treadmill. The slow, deliberate steps were the latest in a journey that started with a severe headache, paralysis and...

Famed triathlete racing for quadriplegics

ENCINITAS, CA (The San Diego Union-Tribune) — Twenty years ago this week, Encinitas triathlete Sian Welch crawled across the finish line and into sports history at the 1997 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. The infamous fifth-place win, where she and fellow...

Economic recovery extends to 18 months for Americans with disabilities

EAST HANOVER, NJ (Kessler Foundation) — Americans with disabilities continue to close in on pre-recession employment levels with yet another month of strong job numbers, according to today's National Trends in Disability Employment - Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by...

Sexuality after SCI

NEW YORK, NY (Mt. Sinai Hospital) — This project was created through a grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and support from community partners to provide more educational resources about sex, sexuality and intimacy after spinal cord injury. These videos were...

ECU Notes: Drug research targets neuropathic pain

GREENVILLE, NC (Reflector.com) — Scientists at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University are researching a novel approach to treating the debilitating pain that commonly occurs after a spinal cord injury. Their work is supported by a new two-year,...