SCI Research Collaborations Project

SCI Research Collaborations Project: Closing the gaps in the research continuum is an SRI project aimed at overcoming barriers to research collaboration so that spinal injury experts from around the world can work together to obtain statistically valid outcomes faster, for the benefit of millions of people with spinal cord injury (SCI). The project is supported by a grant from The Ian Potter Foundation.

People with SCI are a marginalised group. They face numerous secondary health complications which hinder their capacity to lead full and active lives. The impact extends to the families of those afflicted, who are thrown into challenging carer roles. Although SCI is one of the most expensive and complex diseases, researchers only have a small pool of potential participants for any study, due to the low SCI case numbers in any one location. To achieve significant and translatable outcomes in SCI research, international multi-centre studies are needed.

SCI Research Collaborations Project: Closing the gaps in the research continuum aims to promote collaboration through several mechanisms, including an innovative online SCI Researchers' Hub and SCI Collaboration Workshops.  The SRI recognises the importance of building a culture of trust, openness and shared vision in the international SCI research community. Such a culture will 'fast-track' research, so that SCI discoveries can be made more quickly, for the benefit of those living with SCI.

There is currently a 7-12 year gap between a research study and the translation of its outcomes into practice.  With the Closing the Gaps project, the SRI hopes to significantly speed up the time taken for SCI research to deliver life-changing SCI treatments and health solutions

Please contact us if you would like to know more about the SCI Researchers' Hub. 


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Spinal Research Institute (SRI) is a not-for-profit spinal cord research charity. Our mission is to support world class clinical research and clinical trials. We provide means for Australian and international spinal cord injury (SCI) researchers to build much needed collaboration and to translate research outcomes into life changing health solutions for people living with SCI.

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