30 September to 2 October 2021, Vancouver, Canada - with online access

ISCoS 2021

60th Annual Scientific Meeting of The International Spinal Cord Society


Submit your abstract for the opportunity to present at this prestigious Annual Meeting with the option to choose between attendance in person in Vancouver or via our state of the art virtual platform.

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We welcome submissions on all SCI related topics with particular focus on our main themes:

Pain and Pain Management

Engagement of Individuals with Lived Experience

Using Big Data to Bridge Discovery Science and Clinical Care

New and Novel Biomarkers

Non-traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Respiratory Health in SCI



You are invited to submit in the following categories:

Instructional Courses/Workshops


To submit an abstract please click on the above relevant link and log into the portal to read the submission guidelines or download the guidelines here. Abstract submission deadline has been extended to Sunday 18th April 2021 (23:59 UK time).

Should you have any questions regarding the process please do contact us and we will be pleased to assist

Welcome to ISCoS 2021

2020 is the year we learnt to do things very differently due to a small and very nasty virus. We have learnt to use virtual systems for staff and ward meetings, for patient reviews and for our education, our learning and our teaching but we have missed being with our friends, our families and our colleagues. We have learnt to move away rather than towards others, we all wash our hands much more often than before and we have stopped travelling to other places, for work, for meetings and/or for holidays.

So many conferences have been cancelled, postponed, or have been reconfigured as virtual meetings and a few are  experimenting with hybrid meetings. Instead of being in Yokohama in September 2020, the 59th ISCoS Annual Scientific Meeting went virtual and virtual meetings have a lot going for them, including reduced costs and allowing people to attend who otherwise could not.

2021 will be different again. To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the first ISCoS ASM, our meeting will be in beautiful Vancouver and I hope that many of you will be able to join us there. Some of you will recall the wonderful meeting held in Vancouver in 2002 and it will be exciting to revisit this lovely city. However, this meeting will be different for other reasons as well. It will be a ‘hybrid’ meeting with those who can attend in person doing so, while allowing those who cannot attend in person to attend from home at a lower cost to register using these new systems that we are now utilising on a daily basis.

I look forward to spending our 60th ISCoS ASM with all of you – either in Vancouver in person or via the virtual links that will be available.

A/Prof Ruth Marshall, ISCoS President

Why You Should Attend?

The meeting will include world class keynote speakers, who will provide overviews and insights on a variety of SCI care topics. We are delighted that the meeting will include specialist symposia, panel debates, instructional courses, workshops, talks and posters to inspire discussions and lively debate during the sessions and networking throughout the meeting.

Do you know that you can share your #SpinalCord paper on websites and social media with the SharedIt link? For more info ➡️ https://www.springernature.com/gp/researchers/sharedit #shareyourarticle

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Abstract Submission Deadline

18 April 2021

Early Bird Registration Deadline

17 July 2021

ISCoS 2021 Preliminary Programme Announcements

Further forthcoming keynote speakers, sessions & workshops to follow

Local Organising Committee

What people say about our last meeting, ISCoS 2020: Virtual

  • Discussion posts on virtual posters - a great way to engage with people in different time zones

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  • Having the recorded oral presentations and keynotes to view when most convenient.



  • I could take part in many of the events and contribute to the chats. I could see all of the posters in my own time at night as well and will be able to catch up on the events that I missed when I was attending others



  • I particularly enjoyed the blend of recorded and live discussion and the three tracks with varying topics. EXTREMELY impressed by how well this went.




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Meeting Registration Rates

All rates are EXCLUSIVE of tax as applicable by region.


Please note: In person rates are charged in CAD $.  All rates are exclusive of local tax (5% GST).

 Early Bird RateStandard RateLate/Onsite Rate
NOW until 17 July 2021
23:59 (UK time)
18 July 2021 to 26 Sept 2021
23:59 (UK time)"
From 27 Sept 2021
ISCoS Member$750
Non Member$1150$1350$1550
Fellow, Resident & Trainee*$555$680$805

Student rates (full-time student studying for a BA or MA degree)* *Written verification from department chair is required
Early Bird RateStandard RateLate/Onsite Rate
NOW until 17 July 2021
23:59 (UK time)"
18 July 2021 until 26 Sept 2021
23:59 (UK time)"
From 27 Sept 2021


Please note: Virtual rates are charged in GBP £.  All rates are exclusive of local tax (20% VAT).

 Early Bird RateStandard RateLate/Onsite Rate
NOW until 17 July 2021
23:59 (UK time)"
18 July 2021 to 26 Sept 2021
23:59 (UK time)"
From 27 Sept 2021
ISCoS Member£300
Non Member
Fellow, Resident & Trainee*
Student rates (full-time student studying for a BA or MA degree)* *Written verification from department chair is required
Early Bird RateStandard Rate
Late/Onsite Rate
NOW until 17 July 2021
23:59 (UK time)
18 July 2021 until 26 Sept 2021
23:59 (UK time)
From 27 Sept 2021


Individual Living with Spinal Cord Injury: If you are paralyzed by injury or disease, we offer discounted registration rates. Please send an email to iscos@associationsltd.co.uk – prior to registering – verifying your status (e.g. ” I have a C5/6 SCI, and was injured in 1997 …”). We will respond with instructions on how to register at the discounted rate.

Personal Care Assistant (PCA): If you require a personal care assistant in order to attend the conference, we do not charge them a registration fee. However, they MUST register to attend (limit one comp per attendee).

Online registration is now OPEN!

Early Bird registration is now open!

Interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor?

If your company is interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at ISCoS 2021 we’d love to hear from you. Send us a quick email and we’ll get right back to you with some more information and our sponsorship opportunities

Conference Venue

The Vancouver Convention Centre East

Vancouver offers the winning combination of a modern, diverse city and a stunning natural setting

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ISCoS 2021 Secretariat

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33 St. James’s Square,

London SW1Y 4JS





Vancouver Convention Centre East

999 Canada Place, Vancouver BC, VC6 3C1


Phone: +1-604-689-8232
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Email: info@vancouverconventioncentre.com


Vancouver enjoys a reputation of being one of the most accessible cities in the world. To get to Vancouver, there are more than two dozen international flights in and out of award-winning YVR every day, with over 75 bound for the United
States. In addition, Vancouver is considered Canada’s most walkable city, supported by a light rail transit system.


With 13,000 hotel rooms in the city’s downtown core, and 28,000 in Metro Vancouver, delegates have plenty of choice including three world-class properties that connect to the Vancouver Convention Centre.  Booking details will be available in January 2021.

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