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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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Latest News

Supporting early career researchers: Dr Sintip Pattanakuhar (Thailand)

The SRI first became aware of Dr Sintip Pattanakuhar, a Rehabilitation Physician at the Faculty of Medicine at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, in 2019. Read about his progress since then!

Read moreAugust 2022

SRI’s Writing Prize aims for greater diversity in its third year

If you’re a spinal cord injury researcher or clinician, we’re asking you to write about your research in 800 words. This is a unique opportunity to present your research to a non-scientific audience, and that’s why we’d like you to use easy-to-understand language.

Read moreJuly 2022

Help us connect researchers and the spinal cord injury community this EOFY!

20,800 Australians have a spinal cord injury. Wouldn’t a cure for spinal cord injury be incredible? How about the secondary health complications… improved bladder and bowel function? Better respiratory health or pain management? Definitely.

Read moreJune 2022

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