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.
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.
Living with a spinal cord injury is much more than being paralysed
People with spinal cord injury face many challenging secondary health complications that diminish quality of life and capacity for independence.
Secondary health implications may include:
Social marginalisation may include:
After what was an immensely challenging year for everyone in 2020, we’re excited by our plans for this new year as we celebrate our 10th anniversary.
Why Research Matters: A collection of spinal cord research from around the world is a compilation of the top-12 entries from the Spinal Research Institute’s (SRI) inaugural Spinal Cord Injury Research Writing Prize. We were thrilled with the large number of submissions received, from across 14 countries and a wide range of research interest areas.
The In Conversation series that was launched in June has been very popular. COVID-19 has greatly impacted on our health, wellbeing and way-of-life, and it has been critical to connect with our supporters online. This video series has captured fascinating stories and perspectives from the remarkable people we know and work with.
Our work is only made possible due to the invaluable support of the following organisations