Cell and Nerve Bridge Production Team – Making Progress

The Spinal Injury Project “cell and nerve bridge production team” are training for the clinical grade production of cells for the clinical trial. This is being done at the Good Manufacturing Practice facility at QGen in Brisbane.  The next step is to do a full pilot production including transporting the nasal biopsy, purifying the cells, […]


Meet the SIP Team – Joshua

Joshua has joined the Spinal Injury Project in the role of research assistant, histology and microscopy “I’m a science enthusiast from the beautiful Gold Coast. With a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science and master’s in medical research, my love for science runs deep. I’ve always been driven to understand how things work and continually pursue […]


Research Open Day at Griffith University

Recently we welcomed special guests to visit the Spinal Injury Project and tour the lab at the Research Open Day at Griffith University. Guests enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the lab and learned how their support is having an impact on the research. The Spinal Injury Project team answered a wide range of interesting questions from […]


New Drug Therapy having an impact

The Spinal Injury Project team at Griffith University continue to work on the ‘Cleaning Up The Injury Site’ project which is funded by the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation. Olfactory ensheathing cells are known to have a range of properties suitable to repair spinal cord injury. From a therapeutic point-of-view, the trick is to get […]


Human Clinical Trial Equipment Purchase

We are excited to announce that with your generous support, we have been able to fund the first piece of equipment to be used as part of the Cell Transplantation and Rehabilitation Human Clinical Trial – the PhaseFocus LiveCyte Microscope. This incredible microscope, easily detects individual cells and provides a wealth of information about their […]


Intensive Prehabilitation Trial is underway

An update from the team at Griffith University: The feasibility clinical trial, GUSIP02 is underway at Making Strides (Burleigh, Gold Coast). While we can’t reveal any results until the study is finished and analysed, 5 participants have been training now since Feb 2023, with a recent couple of days rest during the Easter holiday. One […]


Competitive Grant Secured

Dr. Mo Chen, leading scientist from our Spinal Injury Project at Griffith University, has secured a $750,000 grant from the highly competitive Medical Research Future Fund with matching funds from our incredible donors, Griffith University and the Clem Jones Foundation. With your support, the Foundation have also committed $75,000 per year, for 4 years to […]


Prestigious Research Fellowship awarded to Dr Mo Chen

We are thrilled to announce that because of your generous support, the Foundation is co-funding Dr Mo Chen’s prestigious research fellowship. Griffith University awarded just 12 Postdoctoral Research Fellowships across the university. These fellowships are designed to support the best and brightest researchers so that they can continue outstanding research and then apply for nationally-competitive […]


Intensive Rehabilitation Trial (1) Results

Unpublished preliminary data is now available from the initial stages of the Spinal Injury Project’s Intensive Rehabilitation Trial. Researchers at the Clem Jones Institute for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research, led by Professor James St John, have made revolutionary findings.  The study investigated the impact of an intensive exercise rehabilitation program on five participants with […]


Funding Boost for Spinal Injury Project Research Team

Griffith University’s Spinal Injury Project has received a major boost thanks to a $5.4 million funding extension from the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC). This funding supports the 35 researchers in the lab. Griffith’s Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research team, headed by Professor James St John, is on the cusp of […]


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