About Us



Our vision for spinal cord injury is to find a cure for paralysis.

We live in a time when medical advances and breakthrough interventions are showing life-changing results. For the first time in history, we have the opportunity to restore life-changing function to those with spinal cord injuries.

Our research strategy is targeted and resolute.

Technologies are emerging that can encourage nerves to regrow, we will advance these technologies and develop nerve regenerating treatments for spinal cord injury.

By increasing research capacity at the University of Auckland, and encouraging collaboration with clinicians, we can accelerate the pre-clinical development of regenerative treatments.

With regenerative treatments, we will achieve the restoration of function following a spinal cord injury in pre-clinical testing.

We are closer than ever to realising the full research potential to cure spinal cord injury – the future for those with spinal cord injuries has never looked brighter.



  • The CatWalk Trust is dedicated to supporting research to cure spinal cord injury.
  • We drive innovation towards reversing spinal cord injury by funding research.
  • Over the past two decades we have boosted research capacity by sustained investment in intellectual capital and leadership.
  • We are focused on pursuing the most effective route for a cure for spinal cord injury.


Key Objectives

  • Support the scientific opinion that a cure for SCI can be found.
  • Generate and distribute funding for research into a cure for paralysis.
  • Identify and enable medical research and development into techniques designed for the regeneration of the effects of spinal cord injuries.
  • Monitor the research progress of all researchers funded by the Trust.
  • Provide targeted assistance to research organisations working on projects that support the purpose of the Trust.
  • Disseminate information about research into SCI.
  • Foster collaboration among all fields engaged in research on the central nervous system, its regeneration, and the alleviation of resulting symptoms.


Our History


Catriona’s accident


The CatWalk Trust Incorporated


First research Grant to Dr Simon O’Carroll


Began sponsoring Brain Bee Challenge


Established the Spinal Cord Injury Research Facility (SCIRF) at UoA


Began collaboration with SpinalCure in Australia on international trials


An opportunity?

Make a difference, today.

Spinal cord injury does not have to be a life sentence. A cure is within reach.
Your support helps to bring that cure closer.
Thank you.