Clinical Trials Committee

The Clinical Trials Committee aims to assist the development and implementation of multi-centre spinal cord injury clinical trials in Australia and New Zealand. 

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Clinical Trials Committee Members

Professor Brian J. C. Freeman (Chair)
MB, BCh, BAO, DM (Nottm), FRCS (Tr & Orth), FRACS (Ortho), FAOrthA
Professor Freeman is the Head of Spinal Services at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Professor of Spinal Surgery at the University of Adelaide and Senior Visiting Paediatric Spinal Surgeon at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, a Fellow of the Australasian College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

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Dr Marc Ruitenberg (Deputy Chair)
School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD
Spinal cord injury research, applied research

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Professor Sarah Dunlop
Head of School and Head of Experimental and Regenerative Neurosciences at the School of Animal Biology, the University of Western Australia
Regenerative Neurosciences, spinal cord injury clinical research, clinical trials
Professor Ruth Marshall
Director, South Australian Spinal Cord Injury Service, Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, SA
Spinal cord injury management, health service delivery, clinical trials



Dr Peter Batchelor
Austin Health and Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne
Neurology, basic science and clinical trials for spinal cord injury
Dr Sridhar Atresh
Director, Queensland Spinal Cord Injuries Service, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, QLD
Spinal cord injury management
Rowan Schouten
Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, Burwood Spinal Unit, Christchurch, NZ
Spinal surgery and clinical research
Dr Olivia Ong
Rehabilitation Registrar, Melbourne, VIC
Clinical research, spinal cord injury perspective
Associate Professor David Berlowitz
Institute for Breathing and Sleep, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, VIC
Spinal cord injury management, health service delivery, clinical trials, applied research