Dr. Kim Anderson-Erisman
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Dr. Anderson-Erisman is a Research Associate Professor and the Director of Education for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her research has focused on translational investigations and bridging the gap between basic science, clinical science, and the public community living with spinal cord injury. Her training spans the spectrum of spinal cord injury research, from cellular and molecular studies, to whole animal and behavioral studies, to human clinical research. She has conducted a multi-center clinical study evaluating the reliability and validity of the Spinal Cord Independence Measure in the US healthcare setting. Several of her studies have focused on obtaining the perspective of people living with spinal cord injury on various aspects of research, including functional priorities, acceptable benefits and risks, preferences for neuroprosthetics, and exercise participation. Her current projects focus on 1) aging related changes in bladder health after spinal cord injury, 2) determining the minimum amount of exercise and locomotor training required for clinical trials targeting chronic spinal cord injury, and 3) identifying the facilitators and barriers to clinical trial participation from the spinal cord injury consumer perspective. In addition to pursuing her own research regarding chronic injury, she serves as the scientific interface to the public for the diverse array of research being conducted at The Miami Project and is now also managing their first cellular transplantation clinical trial.