Who we are

Meet the people working to improve spinal cord research collaboration

Everyone involved with the Spinal Research Institute is passionate about improving the lives of people with spinal cord injury. This is something we’re very proud of.


Keira Tranter

2023 recipient, Australia

Dr Haleluya Moshi

2023 recipient, Tanzania

Kamrunnaher Koly

2023 recipient, Bangladesh

Dr Bakhtawar Qureshi

2023 recipient, Pakistan

Jacob Schoffl

2023 recipient, Australia

Robert Buren

2023 recipient, Canada

Paul Watson

2022 recipient, Australia

Merna Seliman

2022 recipient, Canada

Leanne Rees

2022 recipient, Australia

Dr Jackie McRae

2022 recipient, United Kingdom

Dr Camilla Larsen

2022 recipient, Denmark

Dr Bashir Kaka

2022 recipient, Nigeria

Arifa Jahan Ema

2022 recipient, Bangladesh

Dr Antonio Capozio

2022 recipient, United Kingdom

Nattha Boonthanakorn

2022 recipient, Thailand

Dr Sintip Pattanakuhar

2022 recipient, Thailand

Faizan Jameel Kanzada

2022 recipient, Pakistan (Group lead)

Fatimah Ahmedy

2022 recipient, Malaysia (Group lead)

Lachie O'Brien

Lived experience of SCI

Spinal Cord Injury Service Module Project

International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO)

Anjita Khadka

2021 recipient, Nepal

Margaret Mungai

2021 recipient, Kenya

Dr Sintip Pattanakuhar

2021 recipient, Thailand

Dr Florian Moeller

2021 recipient, Germany

Professor Karen Saunders

2021 recipient, UK

Dr Aatik Arsh

2021 recipient, Pakistan

Lucie Bourguignon

2021 recipient, Switzerland

Dr Vanesa Bochkezanian

2021 recipient, Australia (Group lead)

Justin Jesudas

2021 recipient, India (Group lead)

Dr Jimena Quinzaños

2021 recipient, Mexico (Group lead)

Dr Elizabeth Bye

2021 recipient, Australia (Group lead)

Dr Dearbhaile Dooley

2021 recipient, Ireland (Group lead)

Dr Ryan O'Hare Doig

2021 recipient, Australia (Group lead)

Dr Camila Quel de Oliveira

2020 recipient, Australia (Group lead)

Dr Sintip Pattanakuhar

2020 recipient, Thailand (Group lead)

Dr Raju Dhakal

2020 recipient, Nepal (Group lead)

Dr Elizabeth Felix

2020 recipient, USA (Group lead)

Dr Yumna Albertus

2020 recipient, South Africa (Group lead)

Dr Sonja de Groot

2020 recipient, Netherlands (Group lead)

Dr Diana Dorstyn

2020 recipient, Australia (Group lead)

Ben Gruter

Lived experience of SCI

Martin Heng

Lived experience of SCI

Campbell Message

Lived experience of SCI

Leanne Rees

Researcher & physiotherapist

Christine Tripp

Family member / Carer

Early Intervention Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Outcomes for People following SCI

Dr Gillean Hilton
Austin Health, VIC

Results of the International Spinal Cord Injury Survey in Australia (Aus-InSCI)

Professor James Middleton
University of Sydney, NSW

Dr Gillean Hilton

Max and Stefania Di Paolo

Georges Meya Kiala

2019 recipient, Democratic Republic of Congo

Mohammad Sohrab Hossain

2019 recipient, Australia

Dr Mohit Arora

2019 recipient, Australia

Matthew Farrow

2019 recipient, UK

Dr Vanesa Bochkezanian

2019 recipient, Australia

Fi Slaven

Director & Chair

Michèle Whittle

Director & Company Secretary

Associate Professor Doug Brown AM


Yeasir Arafat Alve

2018 recipient, Bangladesh

Mandira Baniya

2018 recipient, Nepal

Dr Johnny Bourke

2018 recipient, New Zealand

Jennifer Coker

2018 recipient, USA

Dr Jasmine Hearn

2018 recipient, UK

Dr Malihe Poormasjedi-Meibod

2018 recipient, Canada

Dr Sakina Rashid

2018 recipient, Tanzania

Dr Gillean Hilton

2017 recipient, Australia

Kazi Hoque

2017 recipient, Bangladesh

Lady Southey AC

Melinda Millard

2016 recipient, Australia

Kristine Hendry

Chief Executive Officer

Emma Peleg

International Research Collaborations Manager

Deirdre Mori

Development Manager

Claire Backhouse

Marketing and Communications Manager

Honouring Betty Amsden AO

Professor Marc Ruitenberg


Jason Ellery

Marc Brew

Dr Mario D’Cruz

Nick Morris OAM


Antonio Vecchio

Community and Consumer Engagement Manager

Fiona Low

Office Administrator and Program Support

Dr Mario D'Cruz


Craig Macaulay


Dr Linda Barclay

Research and Knowledge Translation Lead

Grant Norton


Frank Nigro


Dr Caroline McFarlane


Dr Harvinder Singh Chhabra


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