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Kevin Hortle Spinal Cord Injury PhD Scholarship Winner Announced

Thursday, January 28, 2016
The Australian Spinal Cord Injury Network is excited to announce that Louise MacLellan based at the Victorian Spinal Cord Service at Austin Health has been awarded a PhD Scholarship from the Kevin Hortle Scholarship Fund. Louise’s project “Urinary complication outcomes in spinal cord injured patients following a change in hospital bladder management protocol” aims to help provide foundational research to better understand effective bladder management.

Louise’s research could potentially lead to a more effective prevention of symptomatic urinary tract infections (UTI), the prescription of fewer courses of antibiotics, and overall improvement in wellbeing and hospitalisation. It is hoped, that reducing the incidence of UTI and the associated damage to the urinary tract could improve bladder function and management - in the longer term. 

Louise’s PhD position will be supervised by Associate Professor James Brock from the School of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at The University of Melbourne, in Victoria. All of the study’s experiments will be conducted at the Victorian Spinal Cord Service at Austin Health, Victoria. 

Louise currently works at the Victorian Spinal Cord Service as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Previously, she conducted research that focused on the ‘effect bladder management has on the prevalence of urinary complications in people with spinal cord injury,’ which was funded by the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR), in 2015.

Louise’s PhD Scholarship is the first to be awarded from the Kevin Hortle Scholarship Fund, since the Fund was established in June 2015. The Australian Spinal Cord Injury Network is extremely grateful to Kevin Hortle for his ongoing contribution. Kevin created the Fund to support research into bladder and bowel health in people with spinal cord injury, and, he welcomes contributions from other people to continue building on the field and to extend on the potential and opportunities that his donation will provide.


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