International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries [ICORD]

ICORD is a unique initiative that brings together spinal cord injury researchers from the sciences, medicine, surgery, rehabilitation, engineering, education, and community-based humanities research.

The scope of research at ICORD includes basic science and clinical research, understanding the growth of nerve cells, advancements in surgical techniques, and new approaches in rehabilitation for patients – creating better health outcomes for people with spinal cord injury.


Dr.Wolfram Tetzlaff, Director of the Centre


  • Located at the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, Vancouver General Hospital
  • The Centre has over 50 national and international researchers and clinicians as well as 196 trainees
  • World’s largest and most broad-based spinal cord research group
  • Interdisciplinary research centre
  • Created universal standards of outcome and rehabilitation measures called Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Evidence (SCIRE) – a highly accessible source of information on SCI for health care professionals, patients and family, funding agencies, and advocacy groups
  • Involved in the development of the World Health Organization International Classification of Functioning (ICF) Core Sets for SCI
  • Dr. E. Paul Zehr has brought science to the general public through his books Becoming Batman: The Possibility of a Superhero (2008) and Inventing Iron Man: The Possibility of a Human Machine. Books explore the science and technology behind rehabilitation and personal development


Blusson Spinal Cord Centre,
818 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1M9
Phone: 604.675.8800

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