Making a dream a reality: Project Edge

Making a dream a reality: Project Edge

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Standing L-R: Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Prof Peter Booth, Prof Reggie Edgerton, Prof Bryce Vissel, Prof Bruce Milthorpe, Peter Perry, Prof Judith Smith
Sitting L-R: Joanna Knott, Duncan Wallace

SpinalCure Australia (SCA) and Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) have collaborated on an exciting project called Project Edge. The underlying vision for Project Edge is to pave the way to unprecedented levels of recovery for people with a spinal cord injury. The project was pioneered by Professor Reggie Edgerton from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in conjunction with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and was launched in September 2016.  This revolutionary project could mean that thousands of people with spinal cord injury could be able to enjoy a greater quality of life and someday be cured of their spinal cord injury.

The project focuses on the use of a technique called Neurostimulation. Neurostimulation uses gentle electrical currents to stimulate the spinal cord below the point of injury, enabling nerve circuits in the spinal cord to ‘hear’ and act upon messages coming from the brain. The technique has so far produced some astounding results in the trial stages. Many participants have experienced greater sensations such as bladder and bowel control, cardiovascular function, autonomic control (blood pressure, temperature etc.) and sexual function.

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Cody William, 16, damaged his C5 Vertebrae whilst playing football in high school. The future outcome for Cody looked grim. However, through Neurostimulation Cody has regained sensation back in his legs and is now able to stand up for short periods of time.

CEO of SpinalCure Australia, Duncan Wallace, says scientists are unanimous that there is a cure for spinal cord injuries and it’s no longer a matter of if but when. Funds will allow projects like Project Edge to reach new heights.

The funds from Big Day Off contribute toward vital research for Project Edge. Become a part of the Big Day Off fundraiser to help make the dream of a spinal cure a reality.