With the outbreak of COVID-19 it is uncertain times for all of us. At the Spinal Research Institute we find ourselves reviewing how we work and operate. Being a smaller organisation, we can more easily adjust the way we work and connect as a team by moving our interactions online. However in response to the Government’s advice, which aims to slow the spread of the virus and help protect the most vulnerable in our community, including people with SCI, we have postponed our supporter events planned for the coming months. In time, when appropriate, we will reschedule, but for now we will connect with you via phone, email, our newsletter and social media channels.
Mrs Elizabeth Rosanove recently joined the SRI’s Patron’s Program in memory of her father – Dr Earl Cook Elkins – and to support the innovative work the SRI is doing that continues the work her father started in spinal cord injury (SCI) research many years ago.
Dr Elkins was a leader in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and his many achievements made him a trailblazer for his time. One of the founders of the School of Physical Therapy at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA, he treated many people affected by polio and SCI throughout his career. However, it was the latter that was his real passion.
The SRI Board is thrilled to announce that Dr Mario D’Cruz has been appointed as a Board Director. Mario has been involved with the SRI for many years as an Ambassador and he brings with him a wealth of knowledge and lived experience, as well as passion and drive to better connect researchers and consumers.
Listen to Mario’s video message.Read more
The Rotary Club of Kew has supported the SRI since 2015. Their donations have supported our Travel Grants program, which enables researchers from around the world to connect through the ISCoS Annual Scientific Meeting. Building international research collaborations is vital to improving the health of people living with spinal cord injury, and we are grateful for their support.
In the week leading up to International Women’s Day, we celebrated the breadth of work that women in our field of spinal cord injury (SCI) are achieving by sharing the stories of five remarkable women: Kristine Hendry, Dr Marnie Graco, Dr Eimear Smith, Dr Gillean Hilton and Emily Quattrocchi.
Through their stories we hope to inspire others of any age and ability to dream big, work hard and value equality.
In early November, the team spent a productive week at the 2019 International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) Annual Scientific Meeting. In addition to the many interesting sessions we attended, the SRI presented two posters, co-hosted a workshop, met our travel grant recipients, and discussed exciting new opportunities with international peers.
In October, we launched our Patron’s Program of annual giving with the support of our Patron, Lady Southey AC.
A message from our Chair, Fi Slaven:
It’s been a busy few months since I stepped into the role of Chair at the SRI and I am proud to present the organisation’s new Strategic Plan 2020-2022.
The Board and staff of the SRI were saddened to learn of the passing of Geoff Handbury AO. Geoff was a Founding Donor of the SRI and his visionary support was most valued by us.