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Why Research Matters



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I know the huge difference the right research can make to people’s well-being and quality of life

– Associate Professor Doug Brown
Co-Founder Spinal Research Institute

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Why research collaboration is so vital

The Spinal Research Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people with spinal cord injuries.

People with spinal cord injury face many challenging secondary health complications that diminish quality of life and capacity for independence. By building global collaboration in spinal cord research and clinical trials we aim to reduce the length of time it takes to achieve significant and translatable research outcomes.

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Our programs and impact

Through forward thinking initiatives, we are transforming international research.

Our work supports world class spinal cord injury research and clinical trials by building much needed tools for research collaboration and knowledge sharing, and actively involving people with spinal cord injury in the research process.

We achieve our mission through a range of initiatives and programs, all of which are contributing to: 

  1. Increased research collaboration
  2. Effective multi-centre studies 
  3. Reduced research timeframes
  4. Research that meets the needs and priorities of the spinal cord injury community
  5. Improved health outcomes and quality of life for people with spinal cord injury 

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What is a spinal cord injury?

Spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord that causes a temporary or permanent change in function.

In most cases, paralysis is caused by acute damage to the spinal cord following a traumatic injury. Nerve fibres are disrupted and nerve cells at, and around, the site of injury are destroyed.

An injury of the spinal cord not only impacts the ability to move your limbs; the damage also causes a large number of secondary health complications.

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Vision & Impact: 2021

Last week, in a virtual setting, we brought together our incredible supporter network of individuals, groups, businesses and foundations, to thank them and to share with them our vision to improve the lives of people with spinal cord injury and the impact we are making in the field of spinal cord injury research.

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Join the team – Digital Communications Manager

The SRI is run by a small professional team and the ideal candidate will be self-motivated, proactive and able to work independently. We are seeking a Digital Communications Manager to manage the SRI’s digital and online marketing and communication channels, in particular social media and the SRI website.

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Include a Charity Week

In recognition of Include a Charity Week our founder, A/Prof Doug Brown AM, SRI Executive Director, shares a message for people who might be considering supporting the Spinal Research Institute by leaving a gift in their Will.

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