ONF Partner Profile: Canadian Spinal Research Organization

Mission

The Canadian Spinal Research Organization (CSRO) raises funds to support targeted research that is focused on functional recovery and a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury.

Goal

CSRO has more than $20-million to fund SCI research in the last decade and a half, and is committed to raising $10-million in the next five years.

ONF/CRSO Partnership Details

Associated with the American Spinal Research Organization, CSRO and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) have a long-standing and productive association focused on spinal cord research that improves the lives of those living with spinal cord injury (SCI). ONFAsro-csrositelogo supports CSRO by identifying the needs and gaps in practise or policy that can be bridged through investment in relevant clinical research. ONF then facilitates research partnerships for CSRO by making the connection to the research community through the Ontario SCI Research Network (OSCIRN). Together CSRO and ONF ensure the research undertaken addresses the needs of the SCI community both practitioners and those living with SCI and facilitates changes to health policy where relevant or needed.

Looking Ahead

The newly-formed North American Spinal Cord Injury Consortium (NASCIC) is now co-located with CSRO. The result of almost a year of discussions and planning by 12 founding partners including CSRO and ONF, NASCIC brings together like-minded organizations, individuals, and groups to improve research, care, and policies impacting people living with spinal cord injury, families and the community. CSRO provides in- kind resources to help maintain the day-to-day administrative needs for NASCIC.

NeuroMatters features one of our partners in each issue. ONF is proud to work with a number of partners to determine the key causes of neurotrauma and support the development of interventions and policies that make a difference in the lives of those with spinal cord and acquired brain injuries.