Why Research Matters – Out now!

We’re very pleased to bring you the 2021 edition of Why Research Matters: A collection of spinal cord research from around the world – a compilation of the top eight entries from the Spinal Research Institute’s 2021 Spinal Cord Injury Research Writing Prize.

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End of year Ambassador event

Today we held a virtual catch-up with our local ambassadors to reflect on our 10th anniversary year, and connect before the end of the year.

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Meet a researcher: Dr Dearbhaile Dooley

Dr Dearbhaile Dooley is a Principal Investigator based at the School of Medicine, University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland and leads a preclinical spinal cord injury (SCI) research group. Dearbhaile is a member of the Spinal Cord Research Hub and she tells us about her research.

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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.

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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.

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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. Our CEO, Kristine Hendry, and International Research Collaborations Manager, Emma Peleg, share their highlights.

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Celebrating Carers Week

This week is National Carers Week – a time to recognise and celebrate the 2.65 million Australians who provide care and support to a family member or friend. Two members of our Consumer Advisory Network, Ben Gruter and Christine Tripp, husband and wife, share what this week means to them.

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From peer support to consumer engagement

“Like many other members of the consumer SCI community, my quality of life has been enhanced by peer support. As an inpatient going through rehabilitation, I asked my peer support workers many questions and I sought to benefit from their experience of living in the community with a SCI.” Antonio Vecchio shares his experiences.

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Vision & Impact: 2021

Last week, in a virtual setting, we brought together our incredible supporter network of individuals, groups, businesses and foundations, to thank them and to share with them our vision to improve the lives of people with spinal cord injury and the impact we are making in the field of spinal cord injury research.

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