Special Issue "Spinal Cord Injury - Diagnosis and Therapy: What's on the Horizon?"

A special issue of Journal of Clinical Medicine (ISSN 2077-0383). This special issue belongs to the section "Clinical Neurology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 14 September 2023 | Viewed by 150

Special Issue Editors

Department of Neurosurgery, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, St. Louis, MI, USA
Interests: cancer; spine tumor; minimally invasive spine surgery; spinal trauma
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, USA
Interests: knee injury; hip arthroplasty; orthopedic biomechanics; musculoskeletal imaging; trauma surgery; orthopedics; fracture
Department of Neurosurgery, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, St. Louis, MI, USA
Interests: spine oncology; spine degeneration; Global neurosurgery

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue touches upon the complex topic of spinal cord injury, which involves the expertise of several teams, including neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists, nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists, among several others. As such, we are inviting researchers, physicians, and clinical scientists to submit their manuscripts with the goal of advancing the knowledge and understanding around where we currently stand in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal cord injury.

In this Special Issue, we seek manuscripts for their novelty in the treatment and prevention of spinal cord injury. These can be related to the pathophysiology of the spinal cord, neuroinflammatory markers, animal models, nerve and tendon transfers, and the rehabilitation of patients who sustained a spinal cord injury. We are also looking for innovative clinical trials with newly developed drugs and therapies that could bring some new hopes in addition to device-related innovations that could enhance the quality of life of spinal cord injury patients in the spectrum of mobility, bladder function, functional status, and pain.

In recent years, stem-cell-based and cell-based therapies have received considerable attention. Controversies surrounding steroid therapy are still a topic of debate and should be further scrutinized. In addition, inhibitors of inflammation and multifunctional bone morphogenetic proteins, different drugs, growth and neurotrophic factors, enzymes, and purines have recently gained popularity, and could potentially help revolutionize the natural pathway of spinal cord injury. Studies on the modulation of spinal cord perfusion pressure and hypothermic management in the acute phase are also welcome for this Special Issue.

Dr. Camilo A. Molina
Dr. Julio J. Jauregui
Dr. Magalie Cadieux
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Journal of Clinical Medicine is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • spinal cord injury
  • neuroinflammatory markers
  • rehabilitation
  • spinal cord perfusion pressure
  • steroids in spinal cord injury

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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