Video Library


SCI Connections Series: Asterias Stem Cells Clinical Trials 9/21/2017

SCVMC is part of a multi-site clinical trial to study the efficacy and safety of stem cells, oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (AST-OPC1), in patients with cervical spinal cord injury. Per the main purpose of the study is to ” evaluate the safety of cross sequential escalating doses of AST-OPC1 administered among 5 cohorts at a single time-point between 21 and 42 days post injury, inclusively, to subjects with subacute cervical spinal cord injuries.” The secondary outcome measures being assessed are changes in hand and arm function. Detailed information regarding the study can be found at…. Dr. Reza Ehsanian presents new efficacy and safety data on those AIS-A patients treated with 10 million cells of AST-OPC1 in this phase 1/2a clinical trial.

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In-Home Supportive Services:  How To Get The Help You Need To Remain Safely In Your Home with Angelica Galang, Attorney

In-Home Supportive Services, or IHSS, is the largest publicly funded program that helps disabled, blind, or elderly individuals to remain safely in their own homes and avoid out-of-home care such as nursing homes or board and care facilities. The IHSS Program can help pay for services for individuals who are not able to fully care for themselves or perform routine household tasks. This 60 minute presentation, will explain the eligibility requirements for IHSS, the application process, the different types of services the program pays for, how counties notify consumers of their decisions, and how to appeal if you disagree with a decision.

Adjustment & Coping Strategies After SCI (62 minutes) – March 16, 2017
Dr. Mark Held, Clinical Psychologist at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, discussed evidence-based practices that can aid with emotional concerns and adjustment following a spinal cord injury. He also shared ways to integrate technology into behavioral health needs.

Restoring Bladder, Bowel & Sexual Functions post-SCI (73 minutes) – Feb. 16, 2017
Dr. Graham Creasey, professor of spinal cord injury medicine at Stanford University, presented his work on Restoring Bladder, Bowel and Sexual Function after Spinal Cord Injury using a pacemaker.

SCI Connections Series: Management of skin issues post-SCI (73 minutes) – October 20, 2016
Dr. James Crew and RN Rimma Katsovskaya of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center led a presentation on prevention and management of skin breakdown including pressure sores that severely affect the SCI population.

Urinary Tract Infection in the SCI Community (87 minutes) – September 15, 2016
Catch this comprehensive session of last week’s Santa Clara Valley Medical Center SCI Connections meeting which featured Urologist Dr. Chris Elliott’s presentation on Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) and how it affects individuals with SCI.


Managing a healthy shoulder post-SCI (38 minutes) – August 18, 2016

Tim Pence, Doctor of Osteopathic at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, delivered this presentation on understanding of the shoulder’s function and how to best protect it for individuals with SCI.

SCI Clinical Research at VA Palo Alto (73 minutes) – July 21, 2016 

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Jenny Kiratli, PhD, Director of Clinical Research and Doug Ota, MD, Chief of SCI Center at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital shares the various research and studies that the SCI Center is involved in.

Healthy Eating Ideas For Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury (58 minutes)January 21, 2016

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Shelley Wood, Registered Dietitian, has her BS in nutrition with a concentration in dietetics and has gained extensive knowledge working at places like Valley Medical Center in San Jose with patients who have spinal cord injuries (SCI). She has also spent time studying implications of poor nutrition on SCI and has made it her focus to work on the prevention of chronic disease in those with SCI through nutrition.


What can a Urologist offer to a patient with SCI (70 minutes) – September 17, 2015

Featuring Dr. Chris Elliott, Urologist at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, specializing in individuals with Spinal Cord Injury. Dr. Elliott discusses the various types of bladder issues an SCI survivor is likely to face and shares available solutions to deal with them. He is one of the fewest urologists in the country with extensive specialization in the effects of SCI on the bladder.


Latest developments in SCI Regenerative Research (82 minutes) – May 21, 2015

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In this presentation, Dr. James Crew and Dr. Stephen McKenna of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, discuss the latest rounds of research in Spinal Cord Injury.

Nutritional Considerations for SCI (53 minutes) – April 16, 2015

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Registered Dietitian, Shelley Wood, specializes in individual with spinal cord injury. She addresses the importance of getting the right food into your body in the right amounts, offering many tips and pointers on how to achieve a balanced diet.

Day of Discovery at the Aquarium (50 minutes) – March 19, 2015

Paraplegic Marv Tuttle shares his work involving getting children with disabilities to participate in the water activities held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium as part of the annual Day of Discovery events.


Department of Rehabilitation (51 minutes) – February 19, 2015

Representatives of the Department of Rehabilitation, Linda Labit and Deborah Sweeney, discuss the various benefits and programs offered to the disabled community interested in seeking employment.

Social Security & SSI (81 minutes) – January 22, 2015

Renowned disability rights representative, Mel Irvin, dispells the myths, rumors and lies behind Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits.

Pain After SCI (60 minutes) – September 18, 2014

Dr. Mark Nguyen is the Associate Chief, Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury, General and Orthopedic Rehabilitation Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. He discusses pain as it relates to SCI and reviews treatment options.

Environmental Traveling Companions (46 minutes) – August 21, 2014

Maureen O’Hagan, Associate Director of ETC, discusses the various outdoor activities offered to individuals with disabilities, including whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, cross-country skiing, and youth leadership programs.

Disability Rights (81 minutes) – June 20, 2013

Dibility rights attorney, Mark Potter, has been labeled a serial litigator, having filed over 2,000 ADA-related lawsuits. Whatever one might think of him, he shares details and examples of how businesses are violating ADA laws.

Health After Spinal Cord Injury (81 minutes) – May 16, 2013

Dr. James Crew, Chief of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s Spinal Cord Injury unit, speaks about nutritional effects on SCI as well as exercise recommendations.

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Disability Benefits (67 minutes) – April 18, 2013

Disability benefits representative and expert, Mel Irvin, discusses in great detail these two federally-funded disability benefits programs.