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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

Meet a researcher: Kholofelo Mashola

Kholofelo Mashola is an early career researcher in the field of adult neurology, particularly SCI. She is in her final year of her doctorate degree in physiotherapy, with a focus on pain after SCI. We asked her a few questions about her interests and aims.

Read moreOctober 2021

ISCoS 2021 – A presenter’s perspective

Consumer Engagement Lead, Antonio Vecchio, shares a presenter’s perspective from the recent International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) Annual Scientific Meeting, where he co-presented two workshops with international colleagues.

Read moreOctober 2021

ISCoS 2021 Highlights

At the end of September, members of the Spinal Research Institute team attended the 60th International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) Annual Scientific Meeting. As we did last year, the ISCoS community met online using a virtual conference platform. Our CEO, Kristine Hendry, and International Research Collaborations Manager, Emma Peleg, share their highlights.

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