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Traumatic injury to the spinal cord generally results from fracture and dislocation of vertebra. Injury to the spinal cord occurs not just at the time of impact, but also as a result of compression of the spinal cord due to the displaced vertebra. Animal and human data demonstrate that urgent relief of compression appears to greatly improve outcome. However, urgent decompression in humans is difficult to achieve because of the time occupied by transportation, investigation, and stabilisation of the patient as well as the organisation of surgery. Animal data demonstrate that hypothermia can suspend the progressive damage caused to the spinal cord by compression thereby allowing decompressive surgery to be performed in a clinically achievable time frame. Read more

A report received by Dr Sridhar Atresh as follows: Read more

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. Read more

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Read more

The Neurotrauma Research Program and the Australian Spinal Cord Injury Network would like to thank everyone who attended the 2015 Perth Research Showcase at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, on the 24th of November.  Read more

We are excited to announce that a dear member of the Network, Kevin Hortle, has made a donation that will push the boundaries of spinal cord injury research. Read more

We are all too familiar with so many spinal cord injury stories, however we are not so familiar with ones of recovery.
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The Network would like to thank more than 80 people who registered and everyone who braved the terrible weather conditions to make it to our Research Showcase. A special thank you to our guest speakers, and to the Hon. Jillian Skinner, MP for their attendance and support. Read more