Reviving Reasons to Hope

Wheelchair in open field

Imagine a world where a spinal cord injury isn’t permanent

A spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any time. It can come from a simple fall, brushing your teeth, while playing sport… and the results can be devastating.

If it happened to you, it could mean you won’t be able to move, walk, or control your hands and legs again. You won’t be able to feed yourself or scratch yourself; you’ll lose control over your bowel and bladder functions, the ability to regulate your own temperature. It would mean a complete loss of freedom and independence.

But what if the effects of the injury were not permanent? What if a person with a spinal cord injury can wake up and be told they will walk again, that they can regain control of those things again?

UTS’ Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Research Program envisages a world where we can make a complete recovery from a spinal cord injury.

The Program is being spearheaded by Professor Reggie Edgerton and Professor Bryce Vissel, who lead an international team of world-class scientists and health professionals at UTS’s Centre for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine. It is the first comprehensive and clinical enterprise outside the United States of Professor Edgerton’s ground-breaking research into neurostimulation to reawaken the spine and successfully restore feeling, function and movement in spinal cord injury patients.

Due to commence in 2019, the Program stands on the brink of a revolutionary breakthrough that will deliver life-changing health outcomes for patients and their families.

Contact us now to receive updates or to find out how you can make a meaningful contribution to the research.