Spinal Cord Repair Researcher Nets $150,000 Award
Main Category: Neurology / Neuroscience
Article Date: 25 Nov 2008 - 3:00 PST

When they were 15, Tim O'Shea and his friend Ben Harvey were keen rugby players. But a week before his sixteenth birthday Ben was tackled during a game and his spinal cord was injured, rendering him a quadriplegic.

The tragedy has inspired Tim, a QUT biomedical engineering graduate, to go into spinal cord repair research - in a big way.

Tim has been awarded a $150,000 General Sir John Monash Award for postgraduate study at an overseas university for three years.

In July he will head to one of three top university research centres in the US that are making giant strides in repairing the spinal cord after injury. It is research he hopes will develop improved outcomes for Ben and all spinal cord injury patients.

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