NRF sponsors Australasian Neurotrauma Workshop

Tuesday 24 January 2023
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The NRF was proud to sponsor the 2022 Australasian Neurotrauma Workshop, bringing together researchers from across Australia and New Zealand to network, present and discuss their latest research findings. This workshop focused on strengthening clinical connections to foster improved collaboration and research translation, as well as supporting and cultivating junior researchers.

Dr Anna Leonard, Head of the Spinal Cord Injury Research Group at the University of Adelaide, commented on the overall success of the event.

"The Australasian Neurotrauma Workshop was held on Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th December, 2022 as a satellite meeting to the Australasian Neuroscience Societies Annual Meeting, in Melbourne. This was the first in person meeting of the national neurotrauma community since 2019 and the excitement in the air was palpable.

The workshop focused on research in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke. Excitingly the event this year featured clinical research – bridging the gap and creating conversations between basic research and our clinical counterparts. Research outcomes were shared in the form of both seminar and poster presentations with a particular focus on promoting junior researchers in the field.

One such opportunity in which our student members were supported was with The Neurosurgical Research Foundation award for the Best Presentation by a South Australian Early Career Researcher. During the 2022 workshop, this was awarded to Ms Kavi Sivasankar (pictured) who presented her PhD project “The effect of spinal cord injury severity on chronic cognitive dysfunction in a cervical hemi-contusion model”.

The Workshop was a huge success with a total of 88 registrants, and a total of 32 student abstracts submitted. Those that attended commented on feeling re-connected with the community, and in the wake of incredible research being shared, an overall sense of excitement and inspiration for new research ideas to pursue in the year ahead."

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(Pictured above: female workshop delegates representing women in STEM)

Congratulations Kavi on your award and wonderful contribution to the field of spinal cord injury research.

You can learn more about the world-class research made possible thanks to your kind generosity at the links below:

Spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury research

Stroke research

Neurodegeneration research

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