The CatWalk Trust
The CatWalkTrust is also affiliated with the following organisations to promote the heightened communication and encourage shared utilisation of resources and expertise for the good of those affected by SCI:
Spinal Cord Injury Research Facility
University of Auckland
The Spinal Cord Injury Research Facility (SCIRF), funded by the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Trust, was established in 2011 by Professor Louise Nicholson, Dr Simon O’Carroll and Professor Colin Green.
Dr Simon O’Carroll is the Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Research Facility and a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Brain Research. Simon’s research interests involve understanding the mechanisms of damage involved in spinal cord injury and developing therapeutic interventions such as those that modulate neuroinflammation and scar formation following injury
Positioned within the Centre for Brain Research (CBR) in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, the SCIRF has the full support of the CBR Director, Distinguished Professor Richard Faull, and has direct access to all of the infrastructural support available within the CBR and the Faculty.
Spinal Cure Australia
SpinalCure Australia was founded 25 years ago with the sole aim of finding a cure for spinal cord injury through the promotion and funding of medical research.
SpinalCure is Australia’s premier nationally operating NFP funding spinal cord injury research, and they are:
- Committed to making a cure for spinal cord injury not only achievable but available.
- Funding breakthrough technologies, data, and creative thinking.
- Supporting those who question the old science and embrace the new.
- Collaborating with powerful partners who share our bold vision.
- Investing in results and for maximum impact.
Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is an independent, not-for-profit research institute based in Sydney, Australia. As a leader in brain and nervous system research, their goal is to prevent, treat and cure brain and nervous system diseases, disorders and injuries through medical research.
NueRa was previously known as the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute.
Health Research Council
The Health Research Council of New Zealand supports high-quality, high-impact research that improves the lives of all New Zealanders. They identify and fund research that can lead to new medicines, breakthroughs and cures, and improve the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders.
Spinal Injury Project
The Spinal Injury Project is a group of thirty-five scientists, engineers, medical doctors, veterinarians and educators all working together at Griffith University, Queensland, Australia developing an olfactory cell therapy for spinal cord injury (SCI). The therapy involves the transplantation of Olfactory Ensheathing Cells (OECs) – a type of glial cell, into the spinal cord to help the guidance and regrowth of neurons across the injury site. The Spinal Injury Project team is part of the Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research at Griffith University.
New Zealand Rugby Foundation
The New Zealand Rugby Foundation helps all seriously injured rugby players in New Zealand. The Foundation is an independent charitable trust, which assists with the rehabilitation of players after their injuries and also the Rugby Smart injury prevention programme.
Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation
Every day in Australia at least one person has their life changed forever through paralysis. Day to day tasks and mobility become an extraordinary challenge.
Perry Cross is one such person whose life was unforeseeably and profoundly changed in an instant. His approach to his paralysis has been inspirational. And as Perry’s health journey continues, so does his conviction to lead a united and multi-faceted model for bringing together people with the knowledge, skills and passion required to find a cure for paralysis.
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Let’s get them walking again!