Currently Funded Projects

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Currently Funded Projects

Through generous donations and support the Foundation is currently funding two exciting research projects at Griffith University and one project at the University of Queensland.

The research projects funded include support of the Spinal Injury Project at Griffith University as well as support of research being conducted by Associate Professor Marc Ruitenberg and his team in collaboration with stem cell expert Professor Ernst Wolvetang at the University of Queensland.

  • Institution:Griffith University
  • Lead Researcher:Dr James St John
  • PCSRF funding period:2020-2021
  • Total Funds Committed:$450,000
Currently Funded Project, Currently Funded Griffith, Griffith University
The Intensive Rehabilitation Trial funded by PCSRF will begin in early 2021 and is the next step towards finding a cure for paralysis.  Our goal is to conduct a Human Clinical Trial as part of the Spinal Injury Project and restore movement in people suffering with paralysis. However, before we can do this, we need […]
  • Institution:Griffith University
  • Lead Researcher:Jenny Ekberg
  • PCSRF funding period:2018 – 2021
  • Total Funds Committed:$450,000
Currently Funded Project, Currently Funded Griffith, Griffith University
This project, led by Assoc Prof Jenny Ekberg is about analysing how cells isolated from the nose – known as olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) – can clean up the ‘debris’ and bacteria that surrounds them. Up until now, the Spinal Injury Project has been focused around using the cells to create a 3D bio-degradable nerve […]
  • Institution:University of Queensland
  • Lead Researcher: Dr Marc Ruitenberg
  • PCSRF funding period:2018 – 2021
  • Total Funds Committed:$393,000
Currently Funded Project
In May 2018, PCSRF confirmed its support for this exciting new three year research project, led by Dr Marc Ruitenberg at University of Queensland. The intended outcome of this proposal is to design and develop an iPSC-based cell transplantation strategy that will replace lost spinal cord neurons and re-establish connectivity in order to cure paralysis, […]

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