Research Study

The Canadian Multicentre CSF Monitoring and Biomarker Study
Principal Investigator 
Brian Kwon


Body Locations and Systems 
Spinal Cord Injury 
Study Start/End 
Nov 1, 2011 to Sep 30, 2020
Vancouver General Hospital
Allan Aludino, Research Program Manager
604-875-4111 ext.61689
Email Address
Purpose of Study 

The purpose of this study is to:

  • Measure the pressure in the spinal fluid surrounding the spinal cord to find out how well the spinal cord is being supplied with blood.
  • Determine how drugs called "vasopressors", which are used to control blood pressure following SCI (spinal cord injury), influence spinal fluid pressure.
  • Characterize the severity of an SCI using the levels of specific proteins found within the spinal fluid.
  • Predict how much neurologic recovery may be regained using the levels of specific proteins within your spinal fluid.
  • Identify proteins within the spinal fluid that will help us learn more about what is happening after SCI and assist us in developing new treatments for SCI.

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