We will celebrate the efforts of researchers, clinicians and industry partners who have helped make Australia a better place for people with spinal cord damage during 2017 at an upcoming ceremony.
The event will be held on Monday, 4 December at Government House and will recognise the efforts of Queenslanders involved in spinal cord injury research.
This includes the researchers themselves and the sponsors, supporters and partners who help make that research possible.
Spinal Life Australia Chief Executive Officer Michael Powell said it was a big year for the organisation and for spinal cord research as a whole.
“Queensland developments in spinal cord research reached the national spotlight this year when Professor Alan Mackay-Sims received the Australian of the Year 2017 award for his research into spinal cord regeneration after injury,” Mr Powell said.
“2017 also saw the opening of The Hopkins Centre at Griffith University, which focuses on research of relevance to people with a life-long disability, including spinal cord damage or related physical disability.
“Brisbane also played host to this year’s recent Australian and New Zealand Spinal Cord Society Annual Scientific Meeting, which saw world leaders in spinal cord injury research share their insights and findings.”
Mr Powell said the Government House event was a chance for Spinal Life to show their appreciation for everyone who made a contribution to advance research into spinal cord damage.
“Whether it’s through scientific research, funding, advocacy or support, I’d like to thank everyone who has helped improve the lives of people living with spinal cord damage this year,” he said.
“I’d also like to thank the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey, for his continued patronage and opening the doors of Government House to us for this event.”