Who we are

The Spinal Research Institute (SRI) is mobilised by a vision: to see people with spinal cord injuries lead the most healthy, active lives possible. Our mission is to support world-class clinical research and trials. We provide means for spinal researchers to build vital international collaborations and to translate research into life changing health solutions for people living with spinal cord injuries. People with spinal cord injuries live with many challenges and secondary health complications which limit their independence and quality of life. They hope a cure will be discovered, but they want better health and to live well – TODAY.

The SRI's  driving focus is support international research collaboration and translation. We have recently received funding from the Ian Potter Foundation for the SCI Research Collaborations Project: Closing the gaps in the research continuum. This large-scale project is aimed at overcoming barriers to research collaboration. Through an innovative online researchers' hub, the SRI wants to promote and support research collaboration, so that spinal injury experts from around the world can work together to obtain statistically valid outcomes faster, for the benefit of millions of people with spinal cord injury (SCI).

Our close links with the Victorian Spinal Cord Service (VSCS) at Austin Health, our location at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre and our strong partnerships with the SCI community bring together research, clinical expertise and community experience. SRI's Founder, Executive Director and past Director of The International Spinal Cord Society (ISCOS) and VSCS, Associate Professor Doug Brown, has met thousands of people with spinal cord injury. He is a key figure in the international spinal field.

For more information about SRI projects and events, see What We Do.


Our Mission

Spinal Research Institute (SRI) is a not-for-profit spinal cord research charity. Our mission is to support world class clinical research and clinical trials. We provide means for Australian and international spinal cord injury (SCI) researchers to build much needed collaboration and to translate research outcomes into life changing health solutions for people living with SCI.

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