Spinal cord injuries can be devastating, resulting in paralysis, loss of sensation, disruption of body functions and permanent disability. There are 350-400 new cases of spinal cord injury in Australia every year.
Spinal cord injuries are often a result of trauma such as experienced in motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries and falls, and are seen most frequently in young men aged between 15-24 years. Spinal cord injuries can also have non-traumatic causes, such as arthritis, disc degeneration or other diseases such as cancer.
Our research ranges from development of preventative strategies to studies of treatments that improve the health and capacity of spinal patients.
Self-experiments have long been a part of science and medicine. Over the years, self-experimenters have proven invaluable to the medical research community, and to the patients they are seeking to help. Prof Simon Gandevia is well known for putting himself ‘under the microscope’ and is perfecting a measurement technique he and his team developed to measure breathlessness in people with […]