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 is 15th March 2021.

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.

#SpinalCordSeriesandCases🆕The authors reported a case of anterior spinal artery infarction following minor trauma in 14-year-old male. #Pediatricspinalcordtrauma
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Early Bird Registration Opens

25th January 2021

Abstract Submission Deadline

15th March 2021

Early Bird Registration will open on  25th January 2021. Join us in Vancouver, or online, from 29th September 2021 and be part of the historic 60th anniversary meeting!

ISCoS 2021 Preliminary Programme Announcements

Forthcoming keynote speakers, sessions & workshops to follow

Keynote Speakers

Announcements coming soon!

    Registration Opens on 25th January 2021

    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.




    Meeting Registration Rates

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    Early Bird Rates to be announced

    Opening 25th January 2021

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    The Vancouver Convention Centre East

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

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