International Spinal Cord Society

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The International Spinal Cord Society
HeadquartersUnited Kingdom UK, Aylesbury
CoordinatesCoordinates: 51°47′59″N 0°48′08″W / 51.79965°N 0.80235°W / 51.79965; -0.80235
Region served
over 1000 Clinicians and Scientists from 87 countries
Official language
Prof Fin Biering-Sørensen
Main organ
The Officers of ISCoS

The International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) was founded in 1961 as the International Medical Society of Paraplegia. It is an INGO, whose purpose is to study all problems relating to lesions of the spinal cord.


The International Medical Society of Paraplegia was founded in 1961. The first President was Sir Ludwig Guttmann.
In September 2001, at the General Meeting in Nottwil, Switzerland, it was agreed an other name of the Society: The International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS).


  • to study all problems relating to lesions of the spinal cord
  • enables scientific exchange between the members
  • Advice, support, promote, coordinate research, development and evaluation activities in context with spinal cord injuries worldwide
  • Counseling, support in the care of patients involved
  • Counseling, support of those responsible for education and training of medical professionals


1961–1970 Prof. Sir Ludwig Guttmann Founder and First President
1970–1973 Dr Herb Talbot United States USA
1973–1977 Dr Albert Tricot Belgium Belgium
1977–1980 Prof. Volkmar Paeslack Germany Germany
1980–1984 Sir George Bedbrook Australia Australia
1984–1988 Prof. Alain Rossier France Switzerland
1988–1992 Dr Ed Carter United States USA
1992–1996 Dr Paul Dollfus France France
1996–2000 Dr Hans Frankel United Kingdom UK
2000–2004 Prof. Takaaki Ikata Japan Japan
2004–2008 Prof. W Donovan United States USA
2008–2010 Mr W El-Masry United Kingdom UK
2010–2012 Prof Fin Biering-Sørensen Denmark DK
2012–2014 Associate Prof Doug Brown Australia Australia
2014–2018 Prof Jean-Jacques Wyndaele Belgium Belgium


  • Full members
  • Associate members
  • Senior members
  • Emeritus members
  • Fellowship of ISCoS
  • Affiliated members

Affiliated members[edit]

  • American Paraplegia Society (APS)[1]
  • American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA)
  • Asian Spinal Cord Network (ASCoN)
  • Association Francophone Internationale des Groupes d'Animation de la Paraplégie (AFIGAP)
  • Australian and New Zealand Spinal Cord Society (ANZSCoS)
  • Chinese Association of Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons – Society of Spinal Cord Injury (CARDP – SoSCI)
  • Deutschsprachige Medizinische Gesellschaft für Paraplegie (DMGP)
  • Dutch Flemish Spinal Cord Society (DUFSCoS)
  • Japan Medical Society of Spinal Cord Lesions(JASCoL)
  • Latin American Society of Paraplegia (SLAP)
  • Nordic Spinal Cord Society(NoSCoS)
  • Romanian Spinal Cord Society (RoSCoS)
  • Societá Medica Italiana di Paraplegia (SoMIPAR)
  • Southern African Spinal Cord Association (SASCA)
  • Spanish Society of Paraplegia (SEP)
  • Spinal Cord Society – Indian Chapter
  • Turkish Society of Spinal Cord Diseases (TrSCD)


SPINAL CORD is the monthly publication of the International Spinal Cord Society.
The Editorial Office is at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in UK. The Editor-in-Chief is Professor Lisa Harvey, University of Sydney, Australia.


  1. ^ Affiliated Societies 13.04.2011

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