NeuRA's spinal cord injury research receives support from Ben Kende Foundation

The Ben Kende Foundation has generously donated $86,000 (HKD$450,000) towards medical research for people affected by spinal cord injuries.

The funds will support research being carried out at NeuRA’s Spinal Cord Injury Research Centre (SCIRC) to investigate the use of transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation for controlling blood pressure.

Led by Dr Peter Sturgess, alongside Professor Simon Gandevia, Professor Jane Butler, Dr Martin Heroux and Dr Terry Trinh, this research will evaluate the immediate effects of surface spinal cord stimulation on blood pressure and heart rate in both individuals with and without spinal cord injury.

What is the goal of this research?

This critical research aims to deepen knowledge on how to maintain stable blood pressure in people with spinal cord injury — a significant challenge for many. By exploring this non-invasive technique, researchers hope to uncover a safer, more effective method for managing cardiovascular issues, ultimately improving the health and quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries.

Towards a meaningful contribution for spinal cord injury

Ben Kende was a rising star of Hong Kong rugby when he sustained a spinal cord injury. He then had to adjust to life as a tetraplegic with limited use of his arms and no use of his legs.

In Australia, the NDIS does a great job of addressing immediate needs and issues for people with spinal cord injury, but we need to support the discovery of knowledge that will lead to long-term solutions,” says Ben Kende.

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10 July 2023