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PCSRF is currently funding spinal injury research at the following universities

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The cost of every spinal cord injury to the Australian society is significant. The estimated lifetime cost per incidence of quadriplegia is $9.5 million. The total annual cost of spinal cord injury in Australia is estimated to be $2 billion. Australia’s most promising hope of a cure right now is estimated to cost $30 million required to progress to the first human clinical trial.

The Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation has one end goal - to find a cure for paralysis for all and improve the quality of life for those living with or affected by it. It has raised and injected over $12 million dollars into specific spinal injury cure projects within Australia and continues to work tirelessly to fundraise, lobby and facilitate relationships required to ensure an urgent cure is at the forefront of Australia’s medical agenda.

With your help we have helped raise
over $12M into SCI Research

$69K
BU

Axonal Regeneration
Mechanisms of Axonal Regeneration after central nervous system injury

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$150K
GU

Growth Factor Project
A new treatment for acute spinal cord injury – combination growth factor delivery to reduce paralysis after spinal cord injury

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$50K
GU

Olfactory Glia Project
Manipulating the selective activation of olfactory ensheathing cells for the repair of injured spinal cord.

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$20K
GU

Nasal Biopsy Project
funded through Count Charitable Foundation

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$232K
GU (SIP)

Spinal Injury Project

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$5M
GU (SIP)

Spinal Injury Project

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$450K
GU (SIP)

Cleaning up the Injury Site (A/P Jenny Ekberg)

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$75K
GU (SIP)

Grant from Catwalk Trust

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$393K
UQ

Repairing the chronically injured spinal cord with iPSC (A/P Marc Ruitenberg)

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$25K
GU (SIP)

Repairing the injured spinal cord with olfactory glia transplantation

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$86K
GU (SIP)

Nerve Bridge Project
Funding to develop a new generation of nerve bridges to repair the injured spinal cord

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$5.7M
GU (SIP)

World-leading Griffith University research into the development of a cell-based therapy for treating spinal cord injuries has received a $5.7 million boost from the Queensland Government.

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Total funding

The PCSRF has played an integral role in
the funding of the following projects.

Currently Funded Projects

  • Institution:Griffith University
  • Lead Researcher:Dr James St John
  • PCSRF funding period:2020-2021
  • Total Funds Committed:$450,000
Currently Funded Project, 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, 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, […]

Previously Funded Projects

  • 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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