2014/2015 SPINAL NETWORK travel grant winners

The Spinal Network travel grants aim to help emerging researchers, clinicians, postgraduate students, people with a spinal cord injury and people working in the spinal cord injury community attend conferences to increase communication and collaboration within the field. These travel grants are in memory of Rosalind Nicholson who was just 17 when she sustained a spinal cord injury in a horse riding accident. She refused to be overwhelmed by her injury and became an active member of the local community. 

For conference travel in the financial year 2014/15 there were grants of up to $1000 for individuals attending conferences within Australia and New Zealand, and grants of up to $2000 for an individual presenting at an international conference.

The 2014/2015 Spinal Cord Injury Network travel grant winners were:

  Rachel Schembri, PhD Candidate, Institute for Breathing and Sleep, Austin Health and the Department of Medicine, The University of Melbourne
The effect of sleep apnoea severity on neuropsychological function in people with acute quadriplegia and obstructive sleep apnoea.
The International Spinal Cord Society Annual Scientific Meeting 
Date: 2 - 4 September 2014 
Location: Maastricht, Netherlands

Chamini Perera, PhD Student, Neuropathic Pain Laboratory, School of Medical Sciences, The University of New South Wales
Effect of immunisation with myelin basic protein and its altered peptide ligand on neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury.
5th International Congress on Neuropathic Pain 
Date: 14 - 17 May 2015
Location: Nice, France
  Marnie Graco, SHiQ Program Manager, PhD student, Institute for Breathing and Sleep, Austin Hospital
Embedding the International Spinal Cord Injury datasets into usual care.
ISCoS Annual Scientific Meeting
Date: 2 - 4 September 2014
Location: Maastricht, Netherlands


Rahul Mohan, PhD Candidate, Translational Neuroscience Facility, School of Medical Sciences, The University of New South Wales

Specific trageting of the entire motor end plates in the rat hindlimb enhances retrograde transport in the spinal cord motor neurons.
Joint symposium of the 4th International Neural Regeneration Symposium, the 6th International Spinal Cord Injury Treatments and Trials Symposium and the 9th Asia Pacific Symposium on Neural Regeneration 
Date: 6 - 8 September 2014 
Location: Nanjing, China

Jonathan Tang, Person with spinal cord injury, MBBS Candidate, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney
The rehabilition experience from the perspective of an individual with tetraplegia due to a traumatic spinal cord injury.

ANZSCoS 2014 
Date: 19 - 22 November 2014
Location: Auckland, New Zealand