Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine names Dr. Potter-Baker winner of Ernest Bors, MD Award


Credit: Dr. Potter-Baker

August 29, 2018. The editors of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (JSCM) and the leadership of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) announce the recipient of this year's Ernest Bors, MD Award for Scientific Development. This prestigious award acknowledges the best research article by a young investigator published in 2017. JSCM is the peer-reviewed official journal of ASCIP.

Kelsey A. Potter-Baker, PhD, is the primary author of the top-scoring article: Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) paired with massed practice training to promote adaptive plasticity and motor recovery in chronic incomplete tetraplegia: a pilot study. (J Spinal Cord Med 2018 Sep;41(5):503-517. Epub Aug 17 2017. doi: 10.1080/10790268.2017.1361562). The article is co-authored by Daniel P. Janini, Yin-Liang Lin, Vishwanath Sankarasubramanian, David A. Cunningham, Nicole M. Varnerin, Patrick Chabra, Kevin L. Kilgore, Mary Ann Richmond, Frederick S. Frost and Ela B. Plow.

Dr. Potter-Baker is a research scientist in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and a research investigator at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. JSCM, the peer-reviewed official journal of ASCIP, has awarded the Bors Award since 1994.

"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Potter-Baker as our newest Bors Award honoree," said Florian P. Thomas, MD, MA, PhD, MS, editor-in-chief of JSCM," and acknowledge her key role in this important study of the first long-term application of non-invasive, transcranial direct current stimulation for upper limb functional recovery after spinal cord injury. We are confident that she will continue to contribute to the advances that are improving quality of life for individuals with SCI."


Dr. Potter-Baker will be recognized at ASCIP's 2018 Educational Conference & Expo, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the New Orleans Marriott, from September 2 to 5. Dr. Potter-Baker will present the findings from her award-winning paper, and accept her award at ASCIP's Academy Awards ceremony.

This research was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense (W81XWH1110707), Clinical Translational Science Collaborative (RPC# 2016-195) and by a grant from CPN Challenge, a program of Conquer Paralysis Now.

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About the Ernest Bors, MD Award for Scientific Development

Since 1994, the Bors Award has memorialized Dr. Ernest Bors (1900-1990), a pioneer in spinal cord injury care and research. Faced with caring for thousands of wounded veterans considered 'hopeless cases', Dr. Bors had to fight for basic resources. Despite these challenges, he made research and publication a priority. The Bors Award honors excellence among young investigators who, following the example set by Dr. Bors, are pursuing careers dedicated to bettering the lives of individuals with spinal cord injury. For more about Dr. Bors, who was revered by his many patients, see: Bodner D. The Bors Award: Legacy of Ernest H.J. "Pappy" Bors, MD. JSCM 2009;32(1):1-2. (

About the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine

The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (JSCM) serves the international community of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of people with injuries/disorders of the spinal cord. JSCM is the peer-reviewed official journal of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP), a US-based multidisciplinary organization serving scientists, physicians, psychologists, nurses, therapists and social workers in the field of spinal cord injury care and research. JSCM, a member benefit of ASCIP, is published six times a year by Taylor & Francis Publishing. The editor-in-chief is Dr. Florian Thomas of Hackensack University Medical Center, Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, Hackensack, NJ, USA. JSCM's 2017 Impact Factor is 1.882.

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