Jenny Kiratli, PhD
Director of SCI Clinical Research
Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System
B. Jenny Kiratli, PhD, Director of Spinal Cord Injury Clinical Research, SCI/D Center, VA Palo ALto Health Care System. Dr Kiratli has over 35 years' experience conducting research on skeletal response to paralysis due to spinal cord injury. She received her PhD in 1989 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; her dissertation was entitled "Skeletal adaptation to disuse: Longitudinal and cross-sectional study of the response of the femur and spine to immobilization (paralysis)." She had the opportunity to work with Dr Richard Mazess at Lunar Corp while conductng her PhD work and became an expert in DXA assessment in this unique population. In 1991, she was recruited to the VA Palo Alto Health Care System SCI Center where she developed a comprehensive research program encompassing musculoskeletal and cardiometabolic concerns for individuals living with SCI with an additional focus on activity and community recreation. Her current funding from VA Rehabilitation R&D supports a study entitled, "Assessing Bone Health after SCI: Establishing Evidence for a Clinical Protocol," that entails comparison of various DXA protocols for BMD of the proximal tiba and distal femur to establish precision in a non-injured reference cohort as well as those with SCI. Recently, she served on both groups working on clinical recommendations relevant to patients with SCI, the SCI Consortium Clinical Practice Guidelines for Bone Health after Spinal Cord Injury and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association Task Force on Fracture Management for SCI, both expected to be released in the Spring of 2022..
Disclosures: No relationships to disclose.