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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

Announcement: 2021 SCI Research Collaboration Grants now open

The Spinal Research Institute is pleased to be offering SCI Research Collaboration Grants for 2021. The objective of this grant is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and to build relationships between individuals, institutions and countries involved in spinal cord research by funding individuals and small groups registration to the 2021 International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) Annual Scientific Meeting Virtual 29 Sept – 2 Oct 2021.

Read moreMay 2021

SCoRH new member giveaway

Throughout May, we are running a Spinal Cord Research Hub (SCoRH) new membership giveaway, whereby new members – and existing members who refer a colleague – will go into the draw to win a place in an online research impact short course.

Read moreMay 2021

Consumer Engagement Program: Building a network

The goal of the Consumer Engagement Program is to generate better outcomes from research by involving consumers, and key to achieving this is establishing the Consumer Advisory Network (CAN).

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