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Neurotrauma Research Program

The Neurotrauma Research Program is bringing neuroscientists, neurosurgeons and clinicians together in collaborative research programs that are improving the lives of people affected by brain and spinal cord injury in Western Australia.

Opportunities and incentives are available to maintain Western Australia as a significant contributor to global neurotrauma research.

The NRP’s mission is to support projects that help the community to avoid trauma to the nervous system, explore mechanisms to minimise nerve damage and therapies to restore normal neural function. The ultimate goal is to ensure that nobody has to live with permanent disability from spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury.

In February 2018, the NRP relocated to the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science. The Perron Institute’s research focus on neural disorders aligns strongly with the NRP’s mission of supporting projects that study ways to avoid nervous system (brain and spinal) trauma; explore mechanisms to minimise nerve damage; and develop therapies to restore normal neural function.  


Grant funding announced

The NRP Executive Committee recently announced the successful applicants for the latest round of Health Department of WA funded NRP research grants.

The NRP has selected 6 world-class research projects for funding and would like to congratulate all involved for their hard work and commitment to neurotrauma research.


Australian Neuroscience Society annual meeting

The Australian Neuroscience Society annual meeting is being held in Brisbane this year from 3 – 6 December 2018.


30 November 2018

SWAN – Symposium of Western Australian Neuroscience

The annual SWAN – Symposium of Western Australian Neuroscience – held over two days on 29th – 30th November 2018 at the Harry Perkins Institute in Nedlands was a great success.

International, national and local thought leaders presented their latest findings on a variety of topics, including Dr Dan Burns from the USA who gave an interesting public lecture on Dementia for the Allen Roses Memorial Lecture, Professor Manny Nokes from CSIRO who gave a public lecture on ‘mind and diet’ and Professor Allan Kermode from the Perron Institute who spoke about MS and Myelin disorders.

Professor Lindy Fitzgerald, head of Neurotrauma research at the Perron Institute, and A/Professor Jenny Rodger, head of Brain Plasticity Research at the Perron Institute and students were a part of the organising committee who created a well run and successful symposium.

View the flyer here…

30 July 2018


Insurance Commission announces next round of neurotrauma research grants

The Insurance Commission of Western Australia (Insurance Commission) will fund two new neurotrauma research projects via the Neurotrauma Research Program (NRP) located at the Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute. Read ICWA Media Release…