Monthly Archives: November 2012

Running for those who can’t

The popularity of fun-runs and ocean swims around Australia has never been greater. People of all ages are signing up for these community events to get fit, have fun, raise funds and increase awareness for a charity dear to their…

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Walk On National Launch 2009

Walk On is vital in the progress of breaking down barriers. Mr Shorten quotes Professor John Steeves, Chair of the International Collaboration for Repair Discoveries and the global expert in all aspects of spinal cord injury: “whilst not the cure…

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Nose cell transplant enables paralysed dogs to walk

A Cambridge University team has reversed paralysis in dogs after injecting them with olfactory ensheathing cells. The cells were extracted from the lining of the dogs nose then grown and expanded for several weeks in the laboratory before injection.

The study is the first to test the transplant in “real-life” injuries rather than laboratory animals — the pets had all suffered spinal injuries which prevented them from using their back legs.

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Hugh O’Brien and the New York Marathon

Hugh O’Brien gallantly put his name down for the daunting challenge of the 2012 New York marathon. After months of training, Hugh arrived in New York for the race only to see it cancelled at the last minute due to…

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Matt Speakman: Racing for a cure

Last month Matt Speakman won the Queensland Under 1600 Improved Production championship using hand controls against able bodied drivers. As far as we know this is the first time someone with spinal cord injury has become a state champion in…

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