For the first time in history, we have the opportunity to restore life-changing function to Australians with spinal cord injuries.
We thank over 30,000 petition signers who helped us get to Canberra and demonstrate the support across Australia for cure-related spinal cord injury research. With your support we were able to present this petition to Minister Greg Hunt in Canberra.
We are seeking $46 million in government and philanthropic funding over five years to establish a nation-wide neurostimulation research and treatment program that could change the lives of Australians impacted by a spinal cord injury. Read more…
The need for Project Spark
live with a spinal cord injury
cost to the Australian economy
occurs every day
What is Project Spark?
Project Spark is so-called because it could spark a revolution in spinal cord injury treatment.
We aim to get the evidence needed to make spinal cord neurostimulation a mainstream treatment for spinal cord injury (SCI). What this involves:
Expand the capacity of the SCI Research Centre at NeuRA to coordinate all trials and studies.
Conduct a series clinical trials led by scientists at NeuRA with volunteers recruited across Australia.
Conducted in three states around Australia.
Through Spinal Cord Injuries Australia's network of 17 NeuroMoves centres across Australia.
Provide the evidence to support approval of the treatment by the TGA for mainstream use.
Volunteers are needed now and more trials are planned.
"I can tell you from personal experience, the effects are devastating, and not just for the person injured, but for their loved ones as well.
After an injury, the mental and physical health challenges are completely overwhelming."
NEUROSTIMULATION—How does it work
Non-invasive spinal cord neurostimulation, or transcutaneous spinal stimulation, is like a hearing aid for the spinal cord.
The idea is that tailored electrical currents can amplify messages sent via surviving neural pathways, so the brain and body can talk to each other better.
Electrical currents applied to the injured spinal cord.
Restores communication between brain and body.
This can result in life-changing functional recovery such as:
- Bladder and bowel control
- Hand movement
- Cardiovascular stability
- Walking years after the initial injury.
The potential IMPACT
Save at least
as a world-leader
in SCI research
on hospitals and care needs
the lives of Australians
with spinal cord injuries and their familes
Project Spark could transform the lives of Chloe, Alex, Dean and the more than 20,000 Australians living with a spinal injury
Chloe: "Not having all the pain and discomfort that comes along with a spinal cord injury would be life-changing....Funding for research is imperative. Nothing can go ahead without it."
Alex: “Morning care is the biggest thing for me. Having to have carers come in every morning to toilet and shower me and get me up is the hardest thing, and something no one really sees or knows about.”
Dean: “My injury affects me more than I’d ever imagined....Whilst I’d love to get back to life as I knew it and forget the injury ever happened, it would be great for small steps to be made that eliminate some of the hassles."