Cure, Events
THANK YOU to every single person who sipped, donated, shared and supported SIP Week! Together we have raised a whopping $144,000 and counting!!! Congratulations to our highest individual fundraiser and highest fundraising team – Ryan Boyd and Ryan’s SIP Team! Incredible effort. Ryan and his team raised over $25,000!  A special thank you to our […]
Cure
My name is Georgia and I am an accredited exercise physiologist at Making Strides where I assist those with a neurological condition with their physical rehabilitation.  In my spare time I love being out in the sun with my gorgeous border collie dog, partner, family and friends. If I’m not at work or with family and […]
Research , Spinal Injury Project
  With the support of generous donors, the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation has donated $420,000 to fund a second Rehabilitation Trial for Griffith University’s Spinal Injury Project (SIP)! This is a crucial final step before researchers proceed to a ground-breaking human clinical trial. This second Rehabilitation Trial will allow another five people with paralysis […]
Cure, Events
On Thursday November 3rd, our generous supporters came together at HOTA on the Gold Coast for the ‘Everything Is Possible’ end of year thank you celebration. It was a wonderful night shared with donors, volunteers, suppliers, partners, ambassadors, stakeholders and officiated by our talented Volunteer Speaking Ambassador, Nick Dempsey. We gathered because of a shared […]
Research , Spinal Injury Project
The Griffith University Spinal Injury Project (GUSIP) is looking for volunteers with a spinal cord injury to participate in their survey. If you have a spinal cord injury, live in Australia and are over 18 years of age they would greatly appreciate your participation. You will be asked to partake in a short 10-15 min online survey […]
Research 
We are thrilled to announce Expressions of Interest for the Spinal Injury Project (SIP) stage two Intensive Rehabilitation Trial are now open! Through generous supporters, funding partners, philanthropists, and our incredible fundraising community, the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation has committed $420,804 to cover costs of this trial and we are now ready to begin! […]
Annual Reports
The 2021/2022 Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation Report is currently being finalised, please check back in the coming days to find the audited report. Please contact Foundation Manager, Melissa Brown, melissa@pcsrf.org.au or any enquiries Download 2021-2021 Financials Here
Annual Reports
As I reflect on this year, I feel a great sense of gratitude to all who have supported our mission to cure paralysis. Because of the many people who have invested in the research, we are now closer than ever to great advancements in medical science. In some ways, despite the many, many years of […]
Events
This year’s 5th Annual Brisbane Legends Lunch inspired a community of supporters to invest in a cure for paralysis.  The event, which saw 200 guests come together, set a goal of $100,000 to contribute to the  upcoming Human Clinical Trial. Incredibly together we raised over $160,000. We are incredibly grateful to our event committee, Rob […]
Cure, Events
A massive thank you to Gary Ross, former Rugby League player for South Sydney and Eastern Suburbs and owner of Rossco’s Complete Health & Fitness Studio for recently completing a Squat & Deadlift Superset Challenge and raising funds for the Foundation.  Gary Ross smashed out 508 reps of squats and deadlifts, a total of 34,000kgs in 39mins, […]
Cure
My name is Georgia Carter, I am Exercise Physiologist at Making Strides. In my spare time I train for Olympic weightlifting and I love to spend time at the beach. I am an Exercise Physiologist at Making Strides. The thing I love the most about my work is that every day is slightly different, there […]
Events
We are thrilled to announce we are the official charity partner for Maritimo, Australia’s leading luxury motor yacht manufacturer. Thank you to Tom and Chloe Barry-Cotter and the wonderful team at Maritimo for raising $16,500 at the recent Maritimo Migration event on Hamilton Island.
Cure, Research , Spinal Injury Project
It has been a busy start to the year for the Spinal Injury Project Team! Cleaning Up the Injury Site Project This project, funded by the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation, led by Associate Professor Jenny Ekberg is analysing how cells isolated from the nose – known as olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) – can clean up the […]
Cure, Events
On Thursday 18th August we were very grateful to be the beneficiary of the Gold Coast Local Charities Luncheon at Edgewater Restaurant.  The lunch was organised by Pam Sturgess and the organising committee of this monthly luncheon and what a wonderful lunch it was!  The Foundation in partnership with My Jewellery Shop held a key […]
Cure
Meet PCSRF Volunteer Scott Loffler, busy dad of three who regularly gives up his time to help at Foundation events.
Research , Spinal Injury Project
Dr Ronak Reshamwala is working tirelessly to cure paralysis. He is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Spinal Injury Team. Dr Reshamwala develops surgical approaches for transplanting nerve bridges. His work involves incorporating the newest scientific and technological advances as part of  the team’s ground-breaking nerve bridge therapy. “To me, life is all about pushing […]
Events
The Foundation was honored to be co-beneficiaries with Livin for the Boutique Business House Charity Golf Day held at Emerald Lakes recently, and received a donation of $8,000 presented by the team, pictured here; Jack Krause, Jason Howard, Perry Cross and Andy Hollis. Huge thanks goes to Boutique Business House and all of their fabulous golfers who raised $16,000 at their 2022 Golf […]
Events
A huge thankyou to Beric Lynton and the organising committee of the 2022 Gold Coast Fundraising Ball for their incredible donation of $62,774 to the foundation to support our work towards a cure for paralysis.  We are incredibly proud to be one of the five beneficiaries of this iconic event alongside these wonderful charities; Brave […]
Research 
Thank you to Jose Molina Marco and Nestor Villalba Rojas from the Lázarus Project Foundation who recently visited the Spinal Injury Project all the way from Valencia Spain!  We enjoyed a wonderful day touring Making Strides and Griffith University Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research and discussing our shared mission to cure […]
Cure
Recently we were thrilled to officially launch our Volunteer Ambassador Speaking program! Nick Dempsey shared his story with the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) which is a significant international Rotary youth program.  Nick inspired this impressive group of young people by talking about how life can derail your plans, but there is always a Plan […]
Events, Research , Spinal Injury Project
On May 17th 2022 we welcomed special guests to visit the Spinal Injury Project and tour the lab.  Guests enjoyed an update on the research and rehabilitation trial and got to meet the diverse team of 36 talented researchers. Many engaged and thoughtful questions were asked and all guests were pleased to see the progress […]
Events
We are so excited to share the news with you, that because of you, together we raised over $350,000 at the recent “Everything is Possible” Gala Dinner presented by Prestige Cars Group! We cannot thank you enough for being part of this special event that just keeps getting bigger and better year on year! A […]
Events
On Wednesday November 10th, our generous supporters came together at HOTA on the Gold Coast for the inaugural ‘Everything Is Possible’ end of year thank you celebration. It was a wonderful night shared with donors, volunteers, Sippers, suppliers, partners, ambassadors, stakeholders and officiated by our Patron the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO.  We gathered […]
Annual Reports
It has been another year like no other with the pandemic still affecting us all. Despite the challenges, the Foundation team has worked hard to have an attitude of gratitude and with the support of many generous donors and partners, we have achieved incredible fundraising results. Importantly this year, we have committed a record amount […]
Events
This year’s record breaking 4th Annual Brisbane Legends Lunch was certainly one to remember!  The event, which saw 200 guests come together, had the aim of raising $88,000 to fund the scoping exercise for a Cell Transplantation Human Clinical Trial, the next step towards a human clinical trial to restore movement in people suffering with […]
Events
Oh what a night! On Saturday May 15th 2021, our generous supporters gathered to raise over $200,000 for spinal injury research into finding a cure for paralysis! Our guests came from far and wide, in fact even over the ditch, to join us and it was a room ready to celebrate!  Supported by over 20 […]
Research , Spinal Injury Project
Dr Heidi Walkden is a research fellow and social media manager for the Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research team at Griffith University. Heidi first joined the team as an Honours student in 2015 and completed her PhD with them last year in the field of neuroscience. Heidi now uses her advanced […]
Research , Spinal Injury Project
Dr Tammy Tseng is a research fellow in the Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research team. Tammy obtained a PhD in Pharmaceutical Science and a Bachelor of Pharmacy in Taiwan before moving to Australia. Tammy is optimising nerve bridge constructs and screening compounds to find those which could improve our olfactory ensheathing […]
Spinal Injury Project
Dr Todd Shelper is a research fellow in the Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research team. Todd completed a Master of Biotechnology at the University of Queensland followed by a PhD from Griffith University in 2014. Todd uses his microscopic and imaging analysis skills to work with the team to analyse the […]
Spinal Injury Project
Francesca Oieni is a Research Assistant with the Spinal injury Project Team. She is a Molecular Biologist and holds a Master’s degree in Genetics and a Bachelor of Natural Sciences achieved respectively from the University of Paris and the University of Rome. Francesca will collaborate with Dr Tammy Tseng and Dr Mo Chen to develop […]
Annual Reports
After a year like no other, it is important to reflect on what has gone before and what we have to be optimistic about. With this in mind, the Foundation Team is pleased to share our annual report with you. The report outlines the Foundation’s wonderful achievements which you have played a role in – […]
Events
Perry Cross hit the sand and gratefully received a cheque for $15,000 this month from the incredible team at the Usher Cup! The Usher Cup is a Gold Coast surf contest whose purpose is to recognise the grass roots of club surfing, promote equality, unite board riding clubs and support local charities. We were one […]
Spinal Injury Project
Chenying Yang is a research assistant with the Spinal Injury Project team. She completed a Bachelor of Bioscience and Biotechnology at Tsinghua University before arriving in Australia to complete her Master’s of Biomedical Research at the University of Melbourne. She will be working with Dr Anu Chacko and Dr Ali Delbaz to find compounds that […]
Cure, Spinal Injury Project
An Australian-first rehabilitation trial considered the next crucial step in treating paralysis will now proceed after a record donation from the country’s leading spinal injury research foundation. The $450,000 commitment from The Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation (PCSRF) will allow five people with paralysis to complete an intensive 16-week training program at a state-of-the-art facility […]
Cure
https://youtu.be/QyKLrafKsP8Check out this great podcast featuring Perry Cross. In this conversation Perry reminds us that the loneliness and isolation we’ve felt during COVID-19 lockdowns is a normal daily experience for many Australian’s living with a disability. As someone who’s defied the odds over and over again, Perry’s philosophy on how to make the ‘impossible possible’ is […]
Spinal Injury Project
The Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation has teamed up with Dr Matt & Dr Mike from the Spinal Injury Project at Griffith University to present a series of educational videos about the spinal cord and spinal cord injury. Episode 1 – Spinal Cord Overview In this video, Dr Mike explains the structure and function of the […]
Cure
A huge shout out to Joy Heenan who recently selflessly decided to encourage her friends and family to raise money for our Foundation for her birthday. Together they raised over $2,500 for our Sustained Functional Therapy Trial! Joy had a horse-riding accident on the 24th of December in 2010 and became a T6 complete paraplegic. […]
Cure
A huge congratulations to our Founder and Executive President, Perry Cross, who has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to people living with a spinal cord injury and as a role model. At the age of 19 Perry was severely injured in a rugby union tackle at Ballymore in […]
Research 
Famelab is a live science communication competition that aims to discover charismatic early career scientists who can inspire people to see the world from new perspectives. It is run annually in Australia and in over 25 countries across the world! Lynn has presented her research into creating a screening technique using microscopic images of glial […]
Cure
Join us for a free webinar on the 29th and 30th April where Perry will share his life experiences and philosophies as we all adapt to the ever changing world.
Cure
Our community is currently attempting to understand the fluid developments surrounding the coronavirus. People with spinal cord injury, particularly high level ones, are vulnerable to complications from any respiratory infection. This is because their respiratory function can be significantly compromised. Additionally, people with spinal cord injuries are in close contact with different people involved in […]
Cure
Our community is currently attempting to understand the fluid developments surrounding the coronavirus. People with spinal cord injury, particularly high level ones, are vulnerable to complications from any respiratory infection. This is because their respiratory function can be significantly compromised. Additionally, people with spinal cord injuries are in close contact with different people involved in […]
Spinal Injury Project
Recently, five members of the Spinal Injury Project team were invited to present their research at the 39th Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS) conference in Adelaide, South Australia. This conference hosts scientific researchers and clinicians from all over Australia with several international speakers invited to talk about their work. A/Prof Jenny Ekberg presented about the three-dimensional […]
Research , Spinal Injury Project
Griffith University was recently awarded an NHMRC ideas grant for $715,000 which will help investigate and develop “self-assembling, self-adhering nerve bridges for large gap nerve injuries”. CONGRATULATIONS to the Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research and the Spinal Injury Project team leaders A/Prof James St John and A/Prof Jenny Ekberg from Menzies […]
Cure
Special thanks to the Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation for their generous donation of $14,000 recently. The Perrigo Foundation’s mission is an extension of the company’s vision to make lives better in the communities they serve. Established in August 2000 as the philanthropic arm of Perrigo Company plc, the Foundation supports initiatives that promote investments in […]
Research , Spinal Injury Project
There were happy faces recently, when two PhD candidates in the Spinal Injury Project lab at Griffith University found out that they were awarded the prestigious Tony B. Academic Travel Award application by the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening’s Program Committee to present their research at the SLAS2020 International Conference and Exhibition. The conference […]
Events
On Friday October 18th we enjoyed our Brisbane Legends Lunch and with the help of an incredible crowd we raised over $115,000! Guests were entertained by emcee and comedian Vince Sorrenti and enjoyed canapes and a beautiful 2 course lunch at Gambaro’s. Also in attendance were some of Australia’s greatest sporting Legends including; Sam Thaiday, […]
Events
SIP Week encourages everyone to drink all beverages through a straw, just like those with a spinal injury, to help raise funds to find the cure for paralysis. This year SIP Week ran from September 16th to September 22nd 2019 and a record amount of donations were raised; $123,000! Over 2,600 donations were made to […]
Spinal Injury Project
Clinical Trial on Track For 2020 In September 2019 the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation announced an independent contract research organisation (CRO) has been appointed to progress a potential human clinical trial in 2020 as part of the Spinal Injury Project with Griffith University. The major research therapy is currently Australia’s greatest hope of a […]
Cure
As part of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation launched their SIP Week fundraising campaign at TSS on the Gold Coast. Perry Cross delivered an inspiring address to the Year 11 students and discussed mindfulness, setting goals, working hard and developing meaning and purpose in life. The year 11 students […]
Cure
The Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation is very proud to be announced as a charity beneficiary of the 2020 Gold Coast Fundraising Ball. The Gold Coast Fundraising Ball, formerly known as the Bruce Lynton Charity Ball, was founded by Bruce and Beric Lynton back in 2001. Since then it has grown to become one of […]
Spinal Injury Project
In September 2019 the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation announced it will provide an additional $86,666 in funding to Griffith University’s  Spinal Injury Project. The funds are to support the development of a new generation of nerve bridges to repair the injured spinal cord. The Spinal Injury Project team has recently developed a new technology […]
Spinal Injury Project
Dr Tanja Eindorf is a Research Fellow/Veterinary Surgeon who conducts pre-clinical spinal cord injury models in mice and is one member of the SIP team bringing us a big step closer to developing a treatment for spinal paralysis in humans. 1) Name / where you’re from? Dr Tanja Eindorf, born in Germany, but have been […]
Spinal Injury Project
Dr Ronak Reshamwala is a man with a plan! His role in the project is to drastically improve approaches to spinal cord surgery and find unique and innovative methods behind managing patients on their road to recovery. 1) Name / where you’re from? Dr Ronak Reshamwala, MBBS, Master in Medical Science and Technology. I’m from […]
Spinal Injury Project
Dr Mo Chen is part of the SIP Research team with a big vision and even bigger dreams. His complete passion and dedication for The Spinal Injury Project has seen Mr.Chen tackle the role of creating revolutionary 3D cell culture techniques for the Olfactory Ensheathing Cell (OEC)-based transplantation therapy. 1) Name / where you’re from? My […]
Cure
Over the years I have received countless phone calls from families and people who have unfortunately sustained a spinal cord injury. The calls are emotional and full of pain, fear and uncertainty. We talk about how to make things easier with care, travel and the basics in life and we also talk about the very […]
Research , Spinal Injury Project
PhD student Matthew Barker is working to improve a cell transplantation therapy to repair the injured spinal cord. He is in his final year of the PhD and is due to finish at the end of 2019. He has made a breakthrough discovery by identifying a new protein that can be used as a tool […]
Research 
Dr Sally Martin graduated from the University of London (UK) with a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She subsequently moved to The University of Queensland, where she worked in both the Institute for Molecular Biosciences and the Queensland Brain Institute, before moving to the laboratory of Prof Wolvetang at the AIBN (Australian Institute for […]
Spinal Injury Project
Associate Professor Jenny Ekberg is our Swedish superstar, and the brains behind cell regeneration! 1) Name / where you’re from? Associate Professor Jenny Ekberg, from Sweden. 2) Current role within the Spinal Injury Project? I am a chief investigator of the Spinal Injury Project , which involves managing part of the project that focuses on […]
Cure
A special thanks to the Melbourne Storm for donating an incredible once in a lifetime experience as part of our Melbourne Legends Lunch Live Auction. Gary Seymour and his friend John attended the match which also celebrated Cameron Smith’s 400th game. Thankyou Gary for generously bidding on this prize and we are so pleased you […]
Cure
A special thanks to Steve Ralph who recently donated $10,000 to the Foundation to help get us one step closer to a cure, who recently wrote to us: On 9 December 2017, I suffered a severed spinal injury, fracturing my C4 vertebrae in a very simple recreational accident, swimming in a pool and hitting my […]
Cure
Kate and Rob recently celebrated their 60th birthday at a spectacular birthday party in Italy. In lieu of presents Kate and Rob requested donations to the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation. They decided that they did not need any more ‘things’ so chose a charity close to their heart. Five years ago the son of […]
Events
To mark 25 years since Perry’s injury the Foundation hosted the Everything is Possible Gala Dinner on the 23rd March 2019. It was an unforgettable evening with over 750 guests in attendance. “As you may imagine Saturday was a very emotional day for me as it marked 25 years since my injury. I am never […]
Research , Spinal Injury Project
Griffith University is calling on people living with SCI and SCI carers to complete a survey as part of the Spinal Injury Project. Purpose:  Exploring perspectives of activity-based therapies for the spinal cord injury (SCI) community. (GU Ref No: 2019/159) Types of volunteers needed: The Griffith University Spinal Injury Project is looking for volunteers (1) […]

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