Thanks for a great conference

The NoSCoS2019-meeting in Copenhagen was a great experience. Thanks to all those who made it possible, professionals and consumers alike!
The new Executive Committee and Advisory Council have now started to implement the decisions made during the General Meeting towards a more professional organisation. First steps will be to register NoSCoS as an official association in the Nordic countries and to establish an effective communication structure. We hope to be back soon with more details … We also look forward to working with new ideas concerning contents and concrete projects. Stay tuned …


It is a pleasure to invite you to the 16th Congress of the Nordic Spinal Cord Society. The congress will take place on 11-13 September 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark at Scandic Copenhagen.
The programme will consist of workshops, plenary presentations, panel discussions and poster presentations and will feature AN InteRPROFeSSIONAL PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP AS WELL AS workshops for consumers, nurses, physio- and occupational therapists.
Current lectures/workshops chairs:

  • Nanna Brix Finnerup (pain management, cannabinoids)
  • Leo Thomsen (living with pain)
  • Anders Korsgaard (crisis management)
  • Bo Biering-Sørensen (spasticity management)
  • Carsten Bach Baunsgaard (exoskeletons)
  • Klaus Krogh (bowel management)
  • Jens Sønksen (sexual health and fertility after spinal cord injury)
  • Marlene Elmelund (urinary incontinence)
  • Fin Biering-Sørensen (international SCI Data Sets in clinical practice and research)

For further information please go to

We look forward to welcoming you to Copenhagen in 2019. 
On behalf of the NoSCoS board and the Local Organising Committee

Fin Biering-Sørensen, chair
Claus Andersen 
Janni Sleimann
Jens Bo Sørensen
Rene Richard Andersen

Invitation to the first Nordic Advanced Spinal Cord Injury Course 2018/2019

Dear frieds!
We are happy to invite you to apply for the first Nordic Advanced SCI Rehabilitation course, NASCIR, 2018/2019, starting in Octobre.
NASCIR will add value for experienced professionals in SCI-rehabilitation who want to develop their professional role and competencies further. The foundation of SCI Competence Centre in Gothenburg was timely and helped us to integrate this course with a proper university structure at the University of Gothenburg. The content and format of the course were designed in dialogue with leaders from all Nordic SCI centres and the word cloud below reflects the priorities we received. This course will provide you with great possibilities to look beyond your own context and establish a valuable network. The core of this course is interprofessional teamwork. Therefore, to get the most out of this course; we recommend that you apply together with other team members from your centre – ideally teams of four or five persons. Centre leaders have assured us that they will try hard to make this possible.
Please have a look at the complete invitation.
Greetings from the course team
Berit Brurok, Johanna Wangdell, Line Dalsgaard, Randi Steensgaard & Wolfram Antepohl

NoSCoS newsletter early 2018

Dear friends in NoSCoS!

It may be slightly too late to call this a “New Year’s Letter” – but maybe “Early-2018-letter” would still be o.k. 😉 There are a couple of activities going on in NoSCoS, and I would like to provide you with an update.

An invitation for the first Nordic Resident Training Course to be held in Linköping, May 14-18 2018, in Linköping, Sweden, was recently sent out. This is the first time we are running a course for physicians in specialist training on a Nordic level. Previously, this course has been held two times, but has only been open to Swedish participants. Hopefully, there will even be courses for other professions in the not-so-far future.

What we do know, for sure, is that there will be an interprofessional course: NARSK (Nordisk Avancerad Ryggmärgsskadekurs), or Nordic Advanced Course in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, will start up in October this year. The course will address teams from all SCI-centers in the Nordic countries. It will be held under the auspice of both NoSCoS, ”Ryggmärgsskadecentrum i Göteborg” and Göteborgs universitet. This collaborartion will also ensure 7.5 ECTS credit points for the course and we expect that this will make it possible to include the course in a master or specialist programme. The course will begin with a kick-off in Göteborg October 24-26, 2018 and finish in March 2019. An official invitation will be sent out soon.

While we have the ISCOS meeting in Dublin still in mind, the abstract deadline for ISCOS 2018, (Sydney, Australia, 13-15 September) is approaching: 23rd February 2018. More information can be found at

And speaking of ISCOS: Quite a few of you who attended NoSCoS 2017 in Linköping paid for ISCOS membership as part of your participation fee – but have not yet claimed ISCOS membership and online access to “Spinal Cord”. If you want to claim your membership, please go to and state “NoSCoS president” as your sponsor and “NoSCoS” as your affiliated society. Please get in touch with me if you are unsure whether you have payed for ISCOS membership or not.

The next NoSCoS-meeting (11-13 September 2019), may still seem far away, but time flies and you might already want to take a look at the conference’s homepage at

Finally, it is a great pleasure to announce that the joint Nordic quality registry for spinal cord injury rehabilitation, NordicSCIR, is now up and running! Below, you can find a short summary describing NordicSCIR’s background and current state provided by Annette Halvorsen and Ann Louise Pettersen.

Winter greetings from Linköping

Wolfram Antepohl, NoSCoS president 2017-2019

Nordic spinal cord injury registry (NordicSCIR)

Spinal cord injuries can give life-long and serious consequences, often with large and complex function loss. The annual number of new patients with spinal cord injury is small compared to other groups of diagnosis. The Nordic council of ministers initiated a project for a Nordic cooperation on highly specialized treatments in 2013.

The Norwegian SCI Registry (NorSCIR) was requested to initiate a pilot project, to establish a Nordic SCI quality registry (NordicSCIR). The establishment of NordicSCIR provides an increased number of patients, giving the opportunity to collect structured and quality assured Nordic data about medical treatment, examination and rehabilitation of patients with SCI. This will be used in clinical quality improvement and clinical research.

Participating SCI units from 1.1.2018 are:

  • Denmark
    • Spinal Cord Injury Center of Western Denmark, Department of Neurology, Regional Hospital of Viborg, Denmark.
    • Clinic for Spinal Cord Injuries, NeuroScience Centre, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Iceland
    • Landspítali University Hospital, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Grensas, Álmgerdi, Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Sweden
    • Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University Hospital, Linköping, Sweden
  • Norway
    • Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital, Nesodden, Norway
    • Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway
    • St. Olavs University Hospital, Trondheim, Norway

The first annual report from NordicSCIR will be presented at the end of 2018.

For further information, please watch our introduction film: NordicSCIR



Nordisk specialistutbildningskurs i ryggmärgsskaderehabilitering v20 (14-18 maj) i Linköping

Här kommer en inbjudan till nordisk kurs i ryggmärgsskaderehabilitering för blivande specialistläkare. Rehabiliteringsmedicinska kliniken, US i Linköping anordnar kursen för tredje gången under vecka 20 (14-18 maj) men det är första gången vi kör den som en nordisk kurs i samverkan med NoSCoS. Kursen motsvarar målbeskrivningen för den svenska specialistutbildningen i rehabiliteringsmedicin. Avstämning pågår med den norska legeforeningen för godkännande för den norska utbildningen i ”fysikalisk medicin og rehabilitering”. Vi är extremt glada att ha med föreläsare från både Norge och Danmark på kursen och tänker oss att detta upplägg också stärker vårt nordiska nätverk. Kurskostnaden är max 6000,- kronor men vi hoppas kunna få ner den kostnaden något genom externa bidrag. Detaljerad inbjudan och preliminärt program finns här.

Kontakta mig gärna vid frågor!

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för kursteamet

Wolfram Antepohl