Here in Western Australia, many thousands of people live with the terrible consequences of Neurotrauma. During 2008 alone, more than 2,500 people incurred a traumatic brain injury (TBI), at least 4,500 experienced a stroke and around 50 were left paralysed by spinal cord injury (SCI).
The enormous human and economic impact of this trauma underscores the vital importance of the Neurotrauma Research Program (NRP) to the Western Australian community.
The NRP supports cutting edge scientific and clinical research aimed at repairing and regenerating injured brain and spinal cord tissue and improving long-term functional recovery. Improved therapeutic interventions that optimise patient outcomes will lead to improved independence and quality of life for patients and their families.
Since 1999, NRP-funded scientists have discovered many key pieces of the neurotrauma puzzle.
A generous $8 million injection of funds during 2006-2011 from the Western Australian Government enabled significant expansion and enhancement of the Program.
The State Government, through the Road Safety Council's Road Trauma Trust Fund, committed a further $1.7 million to the NRP in 2012-2013, and then $834,500 in 2013-2014. The NRP Executive and our State’s leading neurotrauma researchers continue to progress world-class initiatives addressing TBI, SCI and stroke, as well as the prevention of road crashes and thus crash-related neurotrauma.