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NEURA RESEARCH GIVES HOPE TO SAM BLOOM AND OTHERS AFFECTED BY SPINAL CORD INJURY

NeuRA is working with Spinal Cure Australia ambassador, Sam Bloom, to raise awareness about the value of spinal cord injury research.

Sam became a world champion para-surfer after breaking her back during an accident in Thailand. She overcame seven months of hospital and rehab to become one of Australia’s most influential advocates for people with a spinal cord injury.

On 2 July, Sam joined NeuRA in an online webinar to discuss her personal journey and participate in a question and answer session on the latest in NeuRA’s research activities.

She was joined by the NeuRA’s Professor Simon Gandevia, who is heading up our new Spinal Cord Injury Research Centre (SCIRC).

This centre was constructed in 2020 thanks to generous support from SpinalCure Australia. The CEO of SpinalCure, Duncan Wallace, also joined the webinar.

SCIRC researchers are utilising cutting edge technology to experiment and test new means of treating people with spinal cord injuries.

Their goal is to help people with spinal cord injuries to regain movement and perhaps to even walk again. “I’m so excited to see how researchers can help people with spinal cord injuries to obtain a better quality of life,” said Sam. “The researchers at NeuRA are giving hope and inspiration to people with spinal cord injuries across Australia and the world,” she said.

You can follow Sam’s journey here.

 

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