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PCSRF Scientific Committee

The Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundations Scientific Committee was established in 2012 and is led by Dr Brent McMonagle, who is joined by Professor Wise Young, Dr Ellison Stephenson and Dr Chris Vertullo.   The Committee has been given the important charter of informing, guiding and assisting the Foundation in the development, management and review of research projects, research outcomes, collaborative relationships and other activities.

Dr Brent McMonagle

Dr Brent McMonagle

PCSRF Scientific Committee - Director

Brent McMonagle is The Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation’s Scientific Director.

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Martin Codyre

Martin Codyre

PCSRF Scientific Committee - Member

Martin Codyre. BEng Hons, MSc Neuroscience, MIEI.
Martin was rendered a C5 quadriplegic (paralysed from the shoulders down) in August 2008.  As soon as he had stabilised he started looking into the scientific and medical worlds for interventions that would recover his lost function. 
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Professor Wise Young

Professor Wise Young

PCSRF Scientific Committee - Member

Dr Wise Young, founding director of the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience and a professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is recognised as one of the world's outstanding neuroscientists. Dr Young led the team that discovered effective therapy for spinal cord injuries.

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Dr Ellison Stephenson

Dr Ellison Stephenson

PCSRF Scientific Committee - Member

Dr Ellison is a Gold Coast based Neurosurgeon. Spinal surgery is a large part of her neurosurgical practice.

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Dr Chris Vertullo

Dr Chris Vertullo

PCSRF Scientific Committee - Member

Dr Christopher Vertullo is a Specialist Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon, Associate Professor at Bond & Griffith Universities & of Knee Research Australia.

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Dr Dinesh Palipana

Dr Dinesh Palipana

PCSRF Scientific Committee - Member

Dr. Dinesh Palipana is a resident at the Gold Coast University Hospital. Dinesh has spinal cord injury at C6/7 from a motor vehicle accident. As a result, he has a longstanding passion and interest in spinal cord injury research.

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