One of the ways in which you can tell what scientists are interested in is the articles that they cite or read. The Google Scholar provides yet another approach in providing a list of journal articles that are most cited by other scientists. You can do this search yourself http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl...al+cord+injury but I thought that the following results should be of interest.

Of the 10 most cited articles,

Results 1 - 10 of about 180,000 for spinal cord injury. (0.04 seconds)
… the treatment of acute spinal-cord injury. Results of the Second National Acute Spinal Cord Injury …
MB Bracken, MJ Shepard, WF Collins, TR Holford, W … - N Engl J Med, 1990 - content.nejm.org
Results of the Second National Acute Spinal Cord Injury Study. ... Reactive Astrocytes
Protect Tissue and Preserve Function after Spinal Cord Injury. J. Neurosci. ...
Cited by 249 - Web Search - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Apoptosis and delayed degeneration after spinal cord injury in rats and monkeys
MJ Crowe, JC Bresnahan, SL Shuman, JN Masters, MS … - Nature Medicine, 1997 - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
... Apoptosis and delayed degeneration after spinal cord injury in rats and monkeys.
Crowe MJ, Bresnahan JC, Shuman SL, Masters JN, Beattie MS. ...
Cited by 224 - Web Search

Recovery from spinal cord injury mediated by antibodies to neurite growth inhibitors
BS Bregman, E Kunkel-Bagden, L Schnell, HN Dai, D … - Nature, 1995 - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Comment in: Nature. 1995 Nov 30;378(6556):439-40. Click here to read Recovery from
spinal cord injury mediated by antibodies to neurite growth inhibitors. ...
Cited by 237 - Web Search

Chondroitinase ABC promotes functional recovery after spinal cord injury
EJ Bradbury, LDF Moon, RJ Popat, VR King, GS … - Nature, 2002 - nature.com
... Hill, CE, Beattie, MS & Bresnahan, JC Degeneration and sprouting of identified
descending supraspinal axons after contusive spinal cord injury in the rat. Exp. ...
Cited by 176 - Web Search - nature.com - adsabs.harvard.edu - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

… booklet for neurological and functional classification of spinal cord injury. American Spinal Injury …
JF Ditunno Jr, W Young, WH Donovan, G Creasey - Paraplegia, 1994 - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
The international standards booklet for neurological and functional classification
of spinal cord injury. American Spinal Injury Association. ...
Cited by 171 - Web Search - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

… spinal cord injury: 1-year follow-up data. Results of the second National Acute Spinal Cord Injury …
MB Bracken, MJ Shepard, WF Collins Jr, TR Holford, … - J Neurosurg, 1992 - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
... Methylprednisolone or naloxone treatment after acute spinal cord injury: 1-year
follow-up data. Results of the second National Acute Spinal Cord Injury Study. ...
Cited by 117 - Web Search - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

[CITATION] … , controlled trial of methylprednisolone or naloxone in the treatment of acute spinal-cord injury
MB Bracken, MJ Shepard, WF Collins, TR Holford, W … - N Engl J Med, 1990
Cited by 166 - Web Search

The effects of methylprednisolone and the ganglioside GM1 on acute spinal cord injury in rats
S Constantini, W Young - J. Neurosurg, 1994 - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
The effects of methylprednisolone and the ganglioside GM1 on acute spinal
cord injury in rats. Constantini S, Young W. Department ...
Cited by 91 - Web Search

High dose methylprednisolone in the management of acute spinal cord injury±a systematic review from …
S Cord - Spinal Cord, 2000 - nature.com
... and evaluate the evidence for an e€ect of high dose methylprednisolone (MPSS) on
neurological improvement following acute spinal cord injury (ACSI). ...
Cited by 50 - Web Search - nature.com - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Neuronal and glial apoptosis after traumatic spinal cord injury
XZ Liu, XM Xu, R Hu, C Du, SX Zhang, JW McDonald, … - J. Neurosci, 1997 - jneurosci.org
... 5395-5406 Copyright ©1997 Society for Neuroscience. Neuronal and Glial Apoptosis
after Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury. ... Spinal cord injury (SCI). ...
Cited by 183 - Web Search - jneurosci.org - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov