SCI Research

Every year between 250,000 and 500,000 people worldwide suffer from a traumatic spinal cord injury. Depending on the severity of the impact to the spinal cord, these people affected can experience some, or complete, loss of motor function and/or sensation below their level of injury. An injury higher up the spinal cord means more of the body is affected.

Currently, every one of those people is left with very minimal, or zero options for an effective treatment.

We’re looking at the most promising research projects, that cover all aspects of the injury; from acute to chronic, mitigating the initial damage to breaking down scar tissue, repairing nerve fibers to the
impact of electrical stimulation. It’s going to take a collaborative approach and a combination of treatments to reach a cure.

Until a cure is available, and even once it’s available, it’s incredibly important to participate in regular activity based therapy… rehab rehab rehab! It’s crucial to maintain the body until a treatment becomes available, and you never know what physical gains can be made along the way.

Please bear with us, we’re just getting started, check back soon for research updates…

Our research partners are

The CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust is dedicated to supporting world-class research and innovation, to help those with SCI to walk again

The University of Auckland’s Spinal Cord Injury Research Facility (SCIRF) is leading the way in groundbreaking research that aims to help repair damaged spinal cords.

Research Matters

8 May 2019

For the past three years, I have been sent this research article more times than any other article. I must’ve…


Could bio-printers be the solution we’ve been looking for?

24 January 2019

A new study showed that 3D-printing a spinal cord implant, shown here, restored movement in injured rats. It’s amazing to…


Professor Louise Nicholson

19 November 2018

It was incredible to see this on TV last night. Professor Louise Nicholson has been one of the leading researchers…


SCIRF Research Update – 2018

5 September 2018

Axons are the long thread-like part of neurons along which electrical signals are conducted along to other cells. Growth cones…


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