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The Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation has one end goal - to find a cure for paralysis for all

The Foundation aims to facilitate, collaborate and initiate the connections and research required to find a cure for paralysis.

There are many extraordinary scientists and organisations all over the world working on the pieces of the giant puzzle of paralysis. They are focused on how to solve paralysis and the thousands of complications it can have on the human body.

PCSRF recognise that finding a cure for paralysis is an international challenge that can only be solved when this global community come together, and therefore works to unite world-wide research centres, advocates, specialists, not for profit organisations, service providers and leading medical specialists on our common cause to collaborate to find a cure.

PCSRF also works tirelessly promoting prevention and awareness messages to the wider community.

PCSRF is currently funding two exciting research projects: 

 

Spinal Injury Project (SIP) at the Menzies Institute, Griffith University where plans are underway to start a human clinical trial in 2020. This project involving the transplanation of the patients own olfactory ensheating cells was pioneered by 2017 Australian of the Year, Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim.  For many years PCSRF has been supporting this ground-breaking research and more recently the foundation lobbied the Queensland Government to support this project, resulting in a $5M grant to SIP to fund the first three years of pre-clinical research. In May 2018, PCSRF committed $450,000 of further funding to support one component of the project - to clean up the injury site. The human clinical trial is expected to cost in excess of $20M. 

 

 

PCSRF has recently confirmed $393,000 of funding to Professor Marc Ruitenberg at the University of Queensland. The funding for the project titled "Repairing the chronically injured spinal cord with induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) - derived propriospinal interneuron transplants" is a three year research project. The intended outcome of this research is to design and develop an iPSC-based cell transplantation strategy that will replace lost spinal cord neurons and reestablish connectivity in order to cure paralysis, a key objective of the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation.

 

In 2011 PCSRF established a Scientific Committee to assist, advise and lead the Foundation in relation to research, medical and specialist matters. The committee comprises world leading experts in the areas of spinal injury research and medicine. The Foundation works with centres and specialists across the world to support, progress and promote spinal injury research and clinical trials

Each year, advancements in spinal injury recovery are being made providing significant hope and progress for the world. It is the goal of the Foundation to keep working until complete recovery is achievable.  

Since 2010 PCSRF has been proud to support research at these Australian Universities: