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Kim Anderson-Erisman, Ph.D.

Director of Education, The Miami Project

Research Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery


Kim Anderson-Erisman, Ph.D.
Kim Anderson-Erisman, Ph.D.

A special perspective that I bring to the SCI research field is that I also have a spinal cord injury. When I was seventeen years old I was involved in a motor vehicle accident that left me with quadriplegic paralysis from a cervical spinal cord injury.  After graduating from high school without delay, I went on to college at Texas A&M University and graduate school at the University of New Mexico. I have received numerous awards, including the Khatali Award for Outstanding Senior Graduate Student, a NIH National Research Service Award as a post-doctoral fellow, and the Paul H. Silverman Award for Outstanding Work on Science and Ethics in 2005. I was awarded the Stephen Aroff Memorial Award in 2004 and the Jerry Stein Independent Living Award in 2006 for being a role model in the SCI community, and I was inducted into the SCI Hall of Fame in 2007. I received the Ed Roberts Independent Living Award in 2009.

Research Interests

My research focuses on translational investigations and bridging the gap between basic science, clinical science, and the public community living with SCI.  My training spans the spectrum of SCI research, from cellular and molecular studies as a graduate student, to whole animal and behavioral studies as a post-doctoral fellow, to human clinical research as a faculty member. This breadth of knowledge is a great attribute in my role as the scientific interface to the public for the diverse array of cutting-edge research being conducted at The Miami Project.

Several of my studies have focused on obtaining the perspective of people living with SCI on various aspects of research, including functional priorities, acceptable benefits and risks, preferences for neuroprosthetics, and exercise participation. I am also very involved in identifying appropriate outcome measures for SCI clinical use. In 2009 I completed a multi-center clinical study evaluating the reliability and validity of the Spinal Cord Independence Measure in the US healthcare setting.

My current projects focus on 1) aging related changes in bladder health after SCI, 2) determining the minimum amount of exercise and locomotor training required for clinical trials targeting chronic SCI, and 3) identifying the facilitators and barriers to clinical trial participation from the SCI consumer perspective.

In addition to pursuing my own research regarding chronic injury, I am integrally involved in our FDA-regulated Schwann cell program and I am managing all of our Schwann cell transplantation clinical trials. I am also working closely with Dr. Allan Levi on an industry-sponsored clinical trial evaluating stem cell transplantation in cervical SCI.


Kim Anderson-Erisman, Ph.D

  • The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
    1095 NW 14th Terrace (R-48)
    Miami, FL  33136
  • (305) 243-7108
  • (305) 243-3913


Spinal Cord Injury Consumer Engagement in Research (11/23/2016)
Spinal Cord Injury Research and Advocacy




  • 2014-present     Praxis 2016 Program Advisory Committee, Rick Hansen Institute
  • 2013-present     Chair, Spinal Cord Injury Functional Assessments Common Data Elements Working Group, NINDS, NIH
  • 2013-present     Asterias ESCRO (Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight) Committee, Member
  • 2012-present     ASIA Program Committee, Member
  • 2012-present     National SCI Association Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee Member
  • 2009-2013         Optimizing Participation Through Technology – Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (OPTT-RERC) Advisory Board Member, University of Southern California
  • 2008-2011         North American Spine Society, International Education Committee, Member
  • 2008-present     International Spinal Cord Society
  • 2008-2010         Pan-Canadian Spinal Cord Injury Solutions Network-Translational Research Program, Research Advisory Committee Member
  • 2007-2008         WSS Board of Directors
  • 2007-2011         National Advisory Board for Medical Rehabilitation Research, NICHD, NIH, Committee Member
  • 2006-2009         Orange County Spinal Cord Injury Networking Group, Founder
  • 2006-2012         Geron ESCRO (Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight) Committee, Member
  • 2006-2008         ASIA Outcome Measures – Functional Recovery Sub-Committee, Member
  • 2005-present     ASIA Membership Committee, Member
  • 2005-2008         World Spine Society (WSS)
  • 2005-2009         UCI General Clinical Research Center Advisory Committee, Member
  • 2005-2006         ThinkFirst Foundation
  • 2004-present     American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA)
  • 2000-present     National Neurotrauma Society
  • 1998-present     Society for Neuroscience