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. The entries presented showcase a wide range of research interest areas, from peer mentoring to robot-assisted rehabilitation to progress in bladder and bowel management.

The objective of this publication is to share and demystify the important work happening around the world in the field of spinal cord injury (SCI) research. Researchers were asked to present their work for a non-scientific audience in an easy to understand and compelling manner, keeping in mind the question “Why does my research matter?” The Writing Prize was open to all SCI researchers, whether their research was published or not, in the midst of trials or paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you to all the researchers who submitted a piece to this year’s Writing Prize and congratulations to the winning entries.

Winning entries are written by:

  • Dr Linda Barclay, Monash University, Australia
  • Prof Graham Creasey, Stanford University, U.S.A
  • Matthew Farrow, University of Bath, U.K.
  • A/Prof Jackie McRae, Centre for Allied Health, St George’s University of London, U.K.
  • Dr Camila Quel de Oliveira, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Gurkaran Singh, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Verna Stavric, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
  • Emily Timothy, Burwood Academy Trust, Hā-i-mano, New Zealand

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