Monthly Archives: December 2016

Major support from the Neilson Foundation


Neilson Foundation SpinalCure is delighted to announce a major, five-year donation from the Neilson Foundation in support of spinal cord injury research. The donation will be a major boost in establishing groundbreaking neurostimulation research in Australia.

Likened to using gentle currents of electricity to ‘wake-up’ the spinal cord, neuromodulation is showing remarkable results in returning life-changing feeling and function to those with spinal cord injury – including unassisted standing, assisted walking, regaining of bladder and bowel control, improved sexual, autonomic and cardiovascular function and most recently, the return of some hand function in patients with quadriplegia.

The Neilson Foundation has generously donated $1 million, and pledged a further $2 million over four-years to SpinalCure to assist us in furthering this vital research.

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Penguin Bloom to become Hollywood Movie

We are thrilled to share the news that the Penguin Bloom story is being adapted into a movie.

The film will be shot between Australia and Thailand and will be produced by Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Watts, Bruna Papandrea and Australian-based Emma Cooper. It’s also set to star the Academy Award nominated Watts as Sam Bloom.

‘Set on Sydney’s northern beaches, Penguin Bloom is the true story of a unique little bird that saves a family. Featuring the deeply personal images of photographer Cameron Bloom and an inspiring narrative by New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive (aka BTG) (The Blue Day Book), the story is a reminder that angels can come in all shapes and sizes.

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Spinal injuries impact gut microbiome

Using mice models of spinal cord injury, scientists from Ohio USA determined whether gut bacteria dysbiosis – or, functional interruption – affects the recovery of neurological function in patients after a traumatic spinal cord injury. The researchers studied changes in the mice’s…

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