Australian-first - spinal cord injury access to care study funded by the NHMRC

Friday, November 04, 2011

The Spinal Cord Injury Network is delighted to be a partner on a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership Grant led by Associate Professor James Middleton, the Director of the NSW State Spinal Cord Injury Service.

Funding from the NHMRC, the Lifetime Care and Support Authority of NSW and the Spinal Cord Injury Network will support “Right care, right time, right place: improving outcomes for people with spinal cord injury through early intervention and improved access to specialised care.”

A team of ten investigators will collect data in NSW and Victoria. Until now, no study of access to care for patients with spinal cord injury has been undertaken in Australia.

The NHMRC has awarded more than $3.68 million in spinal cord injury research grants, to begin in 2012.

Project funding for research in spinal cord injury, some neurotrauma and related neurological conditions include:

Dr Julie Atkin
A central role for ER-Golgi trafficking in motor neuron disease
La Trobe University

Associate Professor James Brock
Investigating the mechanisms that increase nerve-evoked vasoconstriction following spinal cord injury
University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Helmut Butzkueven
Multiple Sclerosis: Does treatment reduce long-term disability progression?
University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Helmut Butzkueven
Correlating Multiple Sclerosis Risk SNPs with immune cell gene expression
University of Melbourne

Dr Nicholas Cole
Investigating the pathogenesis of motor neuron disease using zebrafish models
University of Sydney

Professor Sarah Dunlop
Targeting early cellular damage during secondary degeneration using nanosphere-based drug delivery
University of Western Australia

Professor Mary Galea
Can exercise early after spinal cord injury prevent deterioration of muscle and bone?
University of Melbourne

Dr Gilles Guillemin
Kynurenine pathway metabolomic prof.iling in the progression of multiple sclerosis: development of novel biomarker to assess disease severity and therapeutic regimen
University of New South Wales

Professor Janet Keast
Spinal cord injury pain: understanding mechanisms to develop treatments
University of Sydney

Professor Janet Keast
Strategies to restore bladder control after peripheral nerve injury
University of Sydney

Professor Vaughan Macefield
The effects of tonic muscle pain on the sympathetic and somatic motor systems in human subjects

Professor Alan Mackay-Sim
Cell trafficking in a stem cell model for Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia
Griffith University

Associate Professor Roger Pamphlett
Using trios to find the cause of motor neuron disease
University of Sydney

Professor Seong-Seng Tan
Mechanisms of PTEN regulation by Ndfip1 and their biological consequences for neuron survival during brain injury
University of Melbourne

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