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Spinal Cord Injury


What is the Spinal Cord Injury Research Centre?

The Spinal Cord Injury Research Centre (SCIRC) at NeuRA was established in 2020.

The Centre conducts research aimed at improving the lives of those with spinal cord injuries, and was built thanks to funding from SpinalCure Australia.

The Centre is home to studies that could lead to significant changes to the treatment methods for people with spinal cord injuries.


How does the SCIRC work?

This facility contains state-of-the-art exercise, rehabilitation and neurophysiology equipment. NeuRA has long been a world leader in neurostimulation research. The creation of this centre in 2020 enables the organisation to increase the scope and speed of this research. The Centre is currently exploring cutting-edge techniques, such as neurostimulation, acute-intermittent hypoxia and inspiratory muscle training, which could help activate muscles in people with spinal cord injuries.

Improved activation of muscles is likely to lead to improved bodily functions, such as breathing and walking.

Research studies are led by NeuRA Deputy Director Professor Simon Gandevia, Senior Principal Research Scientist Jane Butler, Associate Professor Sylvia Gustin, and Senior Research Scientist Euan McCaughey.  They are joined by colleagues Dr Martin Héroux, Dr Claire Boswell-Ruys and Dr Liz Bye.


Why is this research so important?

Around 350 Australians are affected by a spinal cord injury each year, many of them at a young age.

The effects of a spinal cord injury are major: they can impair many critical functions that are easily taken for granted. Movement, sensation, blood pressure control as well as bowel, bladder and sexual function can all be affected.

NeuRA’s commitment to spinal cord injury research could help improve the quality of life of the estimated 12,000 people across Australia who have a spinal cord injury


The Spinal Cord Injury Research Centre is based at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) which is located next to the Prince of Wales Hospital on Barker St in Randwick NSW.

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Simon Gandevia (s.gandevia@neura.edu.au)

Jane Butler (j.butler@neura.edu.au)

Sylvia Gustin (s.gustin@neura.edu.au)

Euan McCaughey (e.mccaughey@neura.edu.au)

SCIRC TEAM includes:

Martin Héroux (m.heroux@neura.edu.au)

Claire Boswell-Ruys(c.boswell-ruys@neura.edu.au)

Liz Bye (l.bye@neura.edu.au)


The Centre is home to studies that could lead to significant changes to the treatment methods for people with spinal cord injuries. Related projects include:

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