Where your donations go

The Neurosurgical Research Foundation raises money to fund research into disease and injury of the brain, spine and nerves.

This research is undertaken in Australian Universities and Teaching hospitals.

Some of the specific areas of research funded have been in the following areas:

  • Brain Cancer—how cancer invades the brain
  • Brain Tumours – reducing swelling and long-term damage
  • Parkinson’s disease—slowing the advancement of Parkinson’s disease
  • Concussion—preventing long-term damage
  • Stroke—minimising brain tissue damage
  • Spinal Cord Injury—restoring function
  • Traumatic Brain Injury—how to stop life threatening brain swelling
  • Paediatric Research—shunt infections and traumatic brain injury.

Grants Funded 2017 $200,700

  • Abbie Simpson Clinical Fellow - Dr Annika Mascarenhas Skull Base Surgery, $70,000
  • PhD Scholarship: NMDA receptor antagonism for primary brain cancer, $25,000
  • Ride Like Crazy Brain Tumour Research with Stuart Piston Lab UniSA, $68,000
  • Paediatric research: $26,000
  • Equipment - Infinite Horizons Device for Spinal Cord Injury, University of Adelaide, $29,000
  • Equipment - Eppendorf Liquid Handler SETL Brain Tumour Research UniSA, $40,000
  • Neurosurgeon Research Donations: Dr Margeurite Harding, $7,700; Dr Adam Wells $5,000

Grants Funded 2016 $1,339,012

  • NRF Paediatric Neurosurgical Research University of Adelaide $1million
  • Abbie Simpson Clinical Fellow - Dr Alistair Jukes Skull Based Surgery $75,000
  • PhD Scholarship - Water Channels in Brain Tumours $25,000
  • George Opie - Concussion $19,891
  • Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino - Traumatic Brain Injury $19,532
  • Dr Frances Corrigan - Neurodegeneration $19,742
  • Brain Tumour Research with SA Police Ride Like Crazy $80,000
  • Paediatric Research James and Diana Ramsay Foundation $90,000
  • Equipment - NanoZoomer large tissue University of Adelaide $101,732
  • Equipment - Vascular Maddies Appeal Royal Adelaide Hospital $46,798

Grants Funded 2015 $894,122

  • PhD Scholarship - Water Channels in Brain Tumours $25,000
  • Brain Tumour Research with SA Police Ride Like Crazy $80,000
  • Paediatric Research James and Diana Ramsay Foundation $90,000
  • Equipment - Neurosurgical Microscope Flinders Medical Centre with Muriel Gunn Medical Research Fund $504,900
  • Equipment - NanoZoomer large tissue University of Adelaide $10,740
  • Equipment - Vascular with The Wilkins Family Foundation Royal Adelaide Hospital $45,617
  • Spinal Cord Injury Research $30,000
  • Neurodegeneration Research $20,000
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Research $30,000
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Research Royal Adelaide Hospital $28,150
  • Stroke Research $35,200

Grants Funded 2014 $245,000

  • PhD Scholarship - Water Channels in Brain Tumours $25,000
  • Brain Tumour Research with SA Police Ride Like Crazy $80,000
  • Paediatric Research James and Diana Ramsay Foundation $80,000
  • Equipment - MAGPIX System with Muriel Gunn Medical Research Fund University of Adelaide $54,500

Grants Funded 2013 $220,000

  • Neurosurgical Trainee Fellowship - Brain Haemorrhage Dr Tom Morris $60,000
  • Brain Tumour Research with SA Police Ride Like Crazy $80,000
  • Paediatric Research James and Diana Ramsay Foundation $80,000

Grants Funded 2012 $192,625

  • Neurosurgical Trainee Fellowship - Stroke Dr Adam Wells $19,800
  • Equipment - Operating microscopes with Muriel Gunn Medical Research Fund Women's & Children's Hospital $62,825
  • Brain Tumour Research with SA Police Ride Like Crazy $80,000
  • Paediatric Research James and Diana Ramsay Foundation $80,000

Grants Funded 2011 $311,800

  • Neurosurgical Trainee Fellowship - Traumatic Brain Injury Dr David Gidley $50,000
  • Neurosurgical Trainee Fellowship - Stroke Dr Adam Wells $29,800
  • Equipment - NanoZoomer with SA Police Ride Like Crazy University of Adelaide $160,000
  • Dean Bowman Brain Tumour Research Laboratory University of Adelaide $52,000
  • Stroke Research - Dr Renee Turner $20,000

Grants Funded 2010 $60,000

  • Neurosurgical Trainee Fellowship - Stroke Dr Adam Wells $50,000
  • Parkinson’s Disease Research with Australian Executor Trustees $10,000

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