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Previously Funded Projects

Through generous donations and support the Foundation has helped to raise over $12.7M for spinal injury research. We are very proud to have worked with research teams at Griffith University, University of Queensland and Bond University.

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  • Institution:Griffith University
  • Lead Researcher:Dr Mo Chen & Dr Tanja Eindorf
  • PCSRF funding period:Sept 19 - March 20
  • Total Funds Committed:$86,666
Previously Funded Project, Griffith University
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 as part the the “Nerve Bridge Project” The funds provided supported the development of a new generation of nerve bridges to repair the injured spinal cord. The Spinal Injury Project team […]
  • Institution:Griffith University
  • Lead Researcher:Matthew Barker
  • PCSRF funding period:2019 - 2020
  • Total Funds Committed: $28,000
Previously Funded Project, Griffith University
In 2019, PCSRF  was proud to provide a funding grant of $28,000 for PhD student Matt Barker for the project “Repairing the injured spinal cord with Olfactory Glia Transplantation” as part of the Spinal Injury Project at Griffith University. Matthew Barker is a mature age student who graduated from Griffith University majoring in Structural Biology […]
  • Institution:Griffith University
  • Lead Researcher:PhD Rebecca Yao
  • PCSRF funding period:2015
  • Total Funds Committed: $20,000 
Previously Funded Project
Rebecca Yao commenced her PhD in 2015 with the aim of her project to determine new methods to purify olfactory cells useful for transplantation to repair the injured spinal cord. While olfactory cells have been shown to partially regenerate the injured spinal cord, improvements in the therapy outcomes can be achieved by if higher quality […]
  • Institution:Griffith University
  • Lead Researcher:James St John
  • PCSRF funding period:2015
  • Total Funds Committed:$50,000
Previously Funded Project
In 2015 PCSRF funded this exciting project at the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD), Griffith University under the supervision of project leader Associate Professor James St John. A recent international trial has shown that olfactory glia can restore some function in paralysed humans. These specialised cells found in the nose, have great potential for repairing the […]
  • Institution:Griffith University
  • Lead Researcher:James St John and Alan Mackay-Sim
  • PCSRF funding period:2013 – 2017
  • Total Funds Committed:$150,000 – Completed
Previously Funded Project
In 2013, PCSRF committed to a 3 year $150,000 research project under the supervision of Associate Professor James St John and Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim (2017 Australian of the Year). The project was completed in 2017. The funded project has determined the effectiveness of a highly promising treatment for reducing paralysis after spinal cord injury. Micropumps […]
  • Institution:Bond University
  • Lead Researcher:Rita Juneja
  • PCSRF funding period:2009 – 2013
  • Total Funds Committed:$69,000 Completed
Previously Funded Project
The Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation proudly supported a 4 year research project conducted by PhD Student Rita Juneja from 2009 – 2013 at Bond University. This project investigated the ability of the adult zebrafish to repair its central nervous system following damage. In contrast the majority of neurons in the adult mammalian central nervous […]
  • PCSRF funding period:2017
  • Total Funds Committed:$64,000
Previously Funded Project
In 2017 PCSRF contributed $64,000 towards the purchase of a live cell microscope as part of the Spinal Injury Project.

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