Neurotrauma Research Program (NRP)

The Neurotrauma Research Program (NRP) brings together neuroscientists, neurosurgeons, and clinicians in unprecedented collaborative scientific endeavours that are improving the lives of people affected by brain and spinal cord injury.

The NRP provides seed funding for vital neurotrauma research, providing opportunities and incentives to maintain Western Australia as a significant contributor to global neurotrauma research.  As the only WA-based funding body for brain and spinal cord injury research, the NRP is a vital and unique provider of research funds.

The NRP’s mission is to support research into avoiding, understanding injury mechanisms and developing effective treatments for acquired trauma to the nervous system (brain and spinal trauma). The ultimate goal is to ensure that nobody has to live with permanent disability from spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury. 

The world-class scientific research of the NRP is aimed at improving the lives of people affected by neurotrauma and the wider community, recognising the medical, social and psychological implications of these injuries. 

Queen’s Birthday Honour for NRP Chairman

Congratulations to Professor Bryant Stokes AM RFD who has been recognised for his contributions to public health in WA and has been awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours announced on the 8th June 2020.

Professor Stokes, Chairman of NRP for over 20 years, received the honour for “distinguished service to public health care governance and standards in Western Australia through leadership and advisory roles.”

The neurotrauma research community is honoured to have Professor Stokes advocating for their cause and NRP is indebted to his leadership, vision and tenacious commitment to this vital program.

Grant Applications are Closed!

The NRP DoH funded Grant Applications are now closed.

Please check back here for further updates. Successful applicants will be announced in November/December 2020.

ECU Spinal Cord Injury Research Study

Looking for participants!

We are looking for people (18 – 70 years of age) who suffered a spinal cord injury at a cervical level at least 1 year ago to take part in a research project, funded by NRP. We use non-invasive brain stimulation (rTMS) to try and enhance the efficacy of residual connections between the brain and arm. The effect of rTMS will be measured with neurophysiological and behavioural measures including motor control and sensory measures. Participants will be asked to visit ECU Joondalup seven times. In order to participate in this study, you will have to have a residual upper limb motor deficit with muscle weakness and no joint-related limitations of passive range of movement of the upper extremities.

If you are interested and would like more information, then please contact Dr. Onno van der Groen via email or phone 08 6304 3644.

Grant Outcomes 2019

Visit the ICWA sponsored grants and the recent DoH sponsored grants pages to find out more.

International Neurotrauma Symposium (INTS)

We are pleased to be providing travel bursaries to assist students and early career researchers to attend the meeting and present their research. 

New dates for 2021

Saturday 7 to Thursday 11 February, 2021

The location remains unchanged at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Link to our host Perron Institute

Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science has generously hosted administration of the NRP since February 2018. Perron Institute’s research focuses on neurological disorders and diseases and closely aligns with the goals and objectives of NRP.

If you would like to know more about Perron Institute please click on the link below.

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Stay tuned for new events.

Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS)

Perth, 8-11 December 2020

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International Neurotrauma Symposium (INTS)

Melbourne, 7-11 February 2021

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Science on the Swan

Perth: 16-18 May 2021

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