The future is exciting


The future is exciting

An exciting time for people with a spinal cord injury

It feels like finally there is hope where once there wasn’t.

In September 2016, SpinalCure Australia (SpinalCure), Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) and The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) teamed up with University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Professor V. Reggie Edgerton to launch Project Edge, at the Centre for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine.

The project is lead by Professor of Neuroscience Professor Bryce Vissel working in collaboration with Edgerton Labs in UCLA. One of it’s key aims is to be an integral part of rehabilitation for people not only affected by spinal cord injury, but others with a neurological condition – becoming a world leader in health and science. The research revolves around neurostimutation from the spinal cord whilst utilising the importance of exercise to encourage messages from the brain to paralysed limbs and other improve issues attributed to a spinal cord injury such as continence and sensory function.

Alan Mackay-Sim
Alan Mackay-Sim

This year the Australian of the Year Award was given to Professor Alan Mackay-Sim for his work with the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research. Through observation of the restorative nature of stem cells in the nasal passages, in 2014, he helped play a central role to successfully restore the sensory and mobility function in a Polish firefighter who had become paraplegic and his ongoing research into the biological bases of brain disorders, emphasising that Australia should prioritise research into health to not only care for people who need it, but for treatments that will reduce the economic impact for someone with a disability This research is giving hope to nearly 15,000 Australians and millions around the world who are affected by a spinal cord injury.

The Big Day Off fundraiser is a collaboration between Spinal Cord Injuries Australia and SpinalCure to help people who have a spinal cord injury by providing suitable services and sustainable life-changing research like Project Edge. Nominate your workplace today and help change the lives of thousands of Australians.