CALL FOR RESEARCH PROPOSALS (2015)
Neurotrauma results from injuries to the nervous system, with a significant number associated with road crashes. The Neurotrauma Research Program of Western Australia (NRP) is a State Government funded initiative to reduce road trauma and the impact of traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Applications are invited for one-year research grants directed towards:
1. Therapeutic interventions to reduce the severity of injury to the central nervous system and/or induce functional repair.
Priority areas include:
2. Interventions to help prevent road crashes and therefore, neurotrauma.
- The cellular and molecular events leading to neurotrauma-related cell death with the aim of designing and testing neuroprotective therapies.
- The cellular and molecular changes at the site of neurotrauma and strategies to minimize the severity of the injury and induce regeneration and repair.
- Mechanisms of functional recovery from neurotrauma.
- The development and clinical evaluation of interventions, including exercise and other rehabilitation programs, to reduce secondary complications, improve health and/or enhance functional recovery following neurotrauma.
The NRP welcomes research proposals to develop/test interventions aimed at building safety awareness and modifying high-risk decision-making and driving behaviours. Applicants might consider targeting sectors of the population at high risk of being involved in road crashes.
The NRP particularly welcomes applications from those early in career, as well as from more experienced researchers. Proposals should clearly demonstrate the potential for progression from scientific discovery to clinical practice / practical application. Research must be carried out in WA or involve significant collaboration with WA neuroscientists.
Interested researchers may also wish to contact Vidya Finlay via email vidya.finlay@.uwa.edu.au or mobile phone: 0450 077 440. Applications close: 5pm (Western Australia) Friday 2nd October 2014.
The Neurotrauma Research Program is a West Australian funding scheme that supports research into the devastating consequences of traumatic injury to the brain and spinal cord.
Since 1999, the NRP has secured funding from the State Government, including the Road Safety Council's Road Trauma Trust Fund, which contains the proceeds of speeding fines.
The NRP’s mission is to support projects that help the community to avoid trauma to the nervous system, explore therapies to minimise nerve damage and restore normal neural function. The ultimate goal is to ensure that no-one has to live with permanent disability from spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury.
The NRP hopes to continue to assist researchers with their vital work in the long term with the vision that a permanent Neurotrauma Research Centre of International standing will evolve, making it possible for Western Australia to retain its position at the forefront of this exciting and rapidly progressing sphere of science and technology.