The UAB Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
to operate the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC).
NSCISC supports and directs the collection, management and analysis of the world's largest and longest spinal cord injury research database. Organizationally,
NSCISC is currently at the hub of a network of 14
NIDILRR-sponsored and 5 subcontract-funded Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems
located at major medical centers throughout the United States. In addition to maintaining the national SCI database, NSCISC personnel conduct
ongoing, database-oriented research. Many of the findings resulting from these investigative efforts have had significant impact on the delivery
and nature of medical rehabilitation services provided to SCI patients.