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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.  


The NRP ICWA funded Grant Applications are now closed!

Please check back here for further updates – successful applicants will be announced in June 2019.


Clinician Research Fellowships

Applications are invited for the Clinician Research Fellowships program.

The program is an initiative of the Department of Health in partnership with the Raine Medical Research Foundation. 

The program is designed to encourage clinicians employed by Health Service Providers to develop their research capability, while continuing some clinical duties.  The program also facilitates high quality research that will ultimately provide better healthcare outcomes.  The research must be undertaken in WA and be of direct relevance to the WA health system. 

The program is open to eligible clinicians:

· working in healthcare disciplines including allied health and health sciences, dental, medical, nursing and midwifery professions;

· who are either early or mid-career researchers; and

· who have minimal or no paid research time.

Fellowship funding will provide salary support for research duties up to 0.5 FTE, as well as contribute to minor research costs.  The duration of each Fellowship can be up to three years, depending on the extent of the research proposal.  During the term of the Fellowship, clinical duties in a Health Service Provider institution must be maintained at a minimum of 0.3 FTE. 

The application period closes at 1.00pm on Thursday 28 March 2019. 

The Guidelines and Conditions and Application documents can be accessed on the Raine Medical Research Foundation website


NRP funded student travel scholarships

NRP provided travel scholarships for 8 students to attend the 2018 Australian Neuroscience Society annual meeting held in Brisbane in December 2018. The students greatly appreciated the time spent at the meeting which provided valuable learning and networking opportunities. It’s great to have our young researchers attending national meetings like the ANS and generous support from donations make this possible.

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.

Planning has already started for SWAN 2019 – watch this space for more details.

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…