Developing an olfactory cell therapy for spinal cord injury


Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation

The Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation was established in 2010, 16 years after a devastating rugby union accident on the grounds of Ballymore in Queensland rendered Perry a C2 quadriplegic, unable to move from the neck down and unable to breathe without a mechanical ventilator attached to his

electric wheelchair.

PCSRF recognise that finding a cure for paralysis is an international challenge that can only be solved when this global community comes together, and therefore works to unite world-wide research centres, advocates, specialists, not for profit organisations, service providers and leading medical specialists

on our common cause to collaborate to find a cure.


The Motor Accident Insurance Commission

The Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) is the regulatory authority responsible for the ongoing management of the Compulsory Third Party (CTP) scheme in Queensland. MAIC is promoting research, education and the infrastructure to reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes and facilitate rehabilitation

of injured people. The Queensland Government has provided $5 million for the Spinal Injury Project, which is administered through MAIC.


The Clem Jones

The Clem Jones Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Clem Jones Group. The trustees are dedicated to benefiting the community through ongoing commitments to the wishes and philosophies of the late Dr Clem Jones AO. The Clem Jones Centre for Neurobiology and Stem Cell Research was established in 2016 at Griffith University to further the discovery of a cure for paralysis and brain injury.


CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust

Dedicated to supporting innovative, world-class SCI research to repair damage and cure spinal cord injury. CatWalk Trust are determined to translate these discoveries into treatments which restore movement, feeling and function to those injured. We need capacity and investment to challenge boundaries. With targeted funding and global collaboration, research exploration will accelerate to enable those living with SCI to walk again.


The Count Charitable Foundation (CCF)

The Count Charitable Foundation (CCF) and its members support not for profit organisations and initiatives which make a positive and lasting difference to the wellbeing of vulnerable and at-risk people in the communities in which we live and work. The CCF was founded in May 2004 as a private ancillary fund by Count Financial Limited and Joy & Barry Lambert (founder of Count).  The CCF was established to support Count Members and Count Staff in their philanthropic endeavours and help them make a significant difference in their communities. 

The CCF focuses its funding on a number of areas, primarily:

· Medical Research and Community Health

· Education, Training and Employment

· Community Welfare

Since its inception the Foundation has donated over $8 million to Member nominated charities.


Making Strides

Making Strides is an industry leader in providing the latest evidence-based exercise therapy for spinal cord injury and other neurological conditions. They are a rehabilitation provider with creative and innovative exercise physiologists, who think outside of the box and have a philosophy of treating the individual not the condition. Their goal orientated & functional approach to rehabilitation ensures that their clients reach their optimal level of health and independence while empowering them to challenge their preconceived limits.   


Spinal Life Australia

Spinal Life Australia provide a variety of services including personal support to assist people at home, work and in the community, and allied health to provide the latest equipment, aids and technology, along with assessments for home modifications and driving. They deliver their services under a range of funding schemes including the  National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), National Injury Insurance Scheme Queensland (NIISQ), My Aged Care and Veterans’ Home Care. 


The Next Step

The Next Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Centre, in Epping, Victoria, Australia is a not-for-profit association that has been established by a community of people affected by Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) both personally and indirectly. The Next Step offers people with SCI and other neurological disorders the expertise, therapy and long term physical and psychological support that enables them to achieve the best possible outcomes, as quickly as possible. The Next Step provides a positive, motivational and comfortable atmosphere, being a home away from home to both clients as well as families and their support networks. The centre offers many services including exercise physiology, remedial massage and nutrition services


Compounds Australia

Compounds Australia, located within Griffith University, is Australia's only dedicated compound storage, management and logistics facility. Compounds Australia provides researchers across Australia with access to high-quality small molecule compound libraries (>670,000 compounds) in flexible, customisable assay-ready microplates. High quality, assay-ready compounds are an essential input to high throughput screening assays (HTS), which accelerates validation of new molecular targets and positions researchers to identify active compounds that lead to novel therapeutic candidates for further drug development.

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Menzies Health Institute Queensland

MHIQ undertakes research across the lifecycle to identify key factors that influence health. From this its researchers develop and test strategies to improve health and wellbeing for individuals, families and communities. MHIQ has a deep expertise in patient-centric research and rehabilitation and from this we develop and test strategies to improve health and wellbeing for individuals, families and communities.

Four overarching programs—Disability and Rehabilitation, EPIC Health Systems, Healthcare Practice and Survivorship, and Infectious Diseases and Immunology— encapsulate our research strengths and align with local and national health priorities. Underpinning the work of these programs is a focus on innovation, data science, research translation and meaningful clinical and community partnerships.


Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery

GRIDD currently has 170 biologists and chemists, who develop therapies for human diseases and injuries. The Institute is home to Nature Bank and Compounds Australia, which house over 40,000 natural compound fractions and 200,000 purified compounds respectively. These compounds are purified by the chemists and then used by the biologists to screen for efficacy for medical applications. The Institute has state-of-the-art high throughput screening platforms, robotics and automated analysis workstations to maximise identification of relevant compounds, and it has an advanced microscopy suite with live cell imaging and confocal analysis capabilities.

It has full animal surgery and housing facilities and animal cell culture facilities, and has a dedicated human cell culture facility that is particularly relevant to enable development of Good Manufacturing Practice cell production protocols.