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Building research collaboration and consumer engagement, to improve the lives of people with spinal cord injury


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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More than being paralysed

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:

  • Loss of control of bladder and bowel function
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Dysfunctional blood pressure
  • Sexual Health complications
  • Lung problems
  • Bone and joint problems
  • Psychological challenges, and vocation
  • Loss of deep sensation necessary to prevent pressure sores

Social marginalisation may include:

  • Inaccessible public spaces, housing, and workplaces
  • Social and cultural barriers which limit opportunities for community participation on an equal basis with other citizens

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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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Latest News

Collaboration grants awarded to 29 researchers

Our annual SCI Research Collaboration Grant provides an opportunity for researchers and clinicians from around the world to attend the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) Scientific Meeting, which will again be held in a virtual setting for 2021.

Read moreJuly 2021

Feeling the impact of spinal cord injury research

Consumer Engagement Lead, Antonio Vecchio, reflects on the incredible impact that research has on his everyday activities.

Read moreJuly 2021

Tips for attending ISCoS 2021 virtual conference

As proud partners of ISCoS 2021, we are excited to share some tips for attending this year’s conference which is now fully virtual.

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