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    Collaboration Begins with China Rehab Research Center

    Rick Hansen to collaborate with China Rehabilitation Research Center, Peking Third Hospital and China Disabled Persons' Federation

    April 14 2011
    New partnerships offer hope to people living with a disability

    Beijing, April 14, 2011 – The Rick Hansen Institute (RHI), a world-renowned spinal cord injury (SCI) research institute signed agreements today with the China Rehabilitation Research Center (CRRC) and the Peking University Third Hospital (PUTH) to strengthen cooperative SCI research and rehabilitation initiatives in China.
    The agreements were signed as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration of Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion World Tour and will help advance the field of SCI research and contribute to the global quest for accessibility, and will accelerate and enhance international cooperation on SCI rehabilitation and the establishment of accessible and inclusive communities.
    Rick Hansen, President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation, Daryl Rock, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Rick Hansen Institute, Mark Aston, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives with RHI, and Dr. Andrei Krassioukov from iCORD (the Vancouver, BC-based International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries) were among officials and specialists in the field of SCI research and care who attended the signing ceremony, mirroring the commitment of both China and Canada.
    The main elements of the cooperative agreements include: shortening the discovery time for new treatment methods; developing a shared data platform and clinical trials network; and identifying best practices.
    “China is home to world leaders in SCI related research,” said Rick Hansen. “International collaboration with leaders in the field will be key to accelerating research and progress, and I am honoured to be part of the strong friendships with organizations in China that share our vision of having a significant impact in the areas of SCI research and care, and making a powerful difference in this world."
    "The signing of these two (agreements) is an excellent example of people-to-people cooperation and is a great milestone in Canada-China collaboration,” said Jeff Nankivell, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Canada in Beijing. “The Government of Canada is very proud to support the work of the Rick Hansen Foundation and Rick Hansen Institute, and we are particularly pleased to see this kind of cooperation in the vital area of research. I am confident we'll see tremendous results.”
    In recent years, spinal cord injury has seen a global increase in numbers due to the incidence of natural disasters, traffic accidents and sports accidents. For example, one-quarter of the fracture patients in the mega earthquake that struck Wenchuan, China in 2008 suffered spinal injuries, highlighting the urgent need to improve SCI treatment in China. With the support of government and leaders from the medical community, China has made breakthroughs and continues to seek international collaboration.
    In partnering with PUTH and CRRC, the Rick Hansen Institute is joining forces with China’s highest level of expertise in the field of SCI. PUTH is a national pioneer in SCI research, housing China’s best spinal surgery department, while CRRC is a preferred rehabilitation facility due to its technical sophistication and professionalism.
    Founded eight years ago by Rick Hansen and the Rick Hansen Foundation, RHI’s vision is to enable people living with SCI to enjoy a healthy, active and productive life. Inspired by this goal, RHI has worked with leaders and experts around the world, sharing SCI registry information, clinical trial networks and other best practices, paving the way for international clinical trials.
    The announcement of the cooperative agreements follow the signing yesterday of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) and the China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF). RHF and CDPF will be partnering to pursue the common goal of advancing the life and interest of people with a disability by raising awareness in the areas of global accessibility; participating in the Interdependence 2012 Conference and Exhibition being held in Vancouver, Canada in May 2012; and continuing to support the work being done in the areas of SCI research.

    About CRRC
    Founded in 1988, CRRC is an affiliate of the China Disabled Persons' Association. As China’s only top-notch hospital dedicated to rehabilitation care and cure, it undertakes multiple tasks, including medical care, research, training, information services, rehabilitation engineering, and community consultation. Supported by a team of experienced experts and technical staff with overseas training, CRRC focuses on the rehabilitation of functional disorders resulting from SCI and other conditions. For more information, please visit

    About PUTH
    PUTH was founded in 1958 under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. It has grown to be a top-notch modern hospital offering comprehensive services, including medical services, medical education/teaching, research and prevention as well as health care. It was a designated hospital for the Olympic Games in 2008. PUTH houses China’s best spinal surgery department and the only state-level athletic disease prevention and cure center certified by the Chinese Olympic Committee. As a teaching hospital of Peking University, PUTH has achieved remarkable accomplishments in medical training and R&D. For more information, please visit

    About CDPF China Disabled Persons' Federation is a unified organization of/for the 83 million persons with various categories of disabilities in China, reaching every part of China with approximately 80,000 full-time workers. CDPF represents interests of people with disabilities in China and helps protect their legitimate rights, provides them with services, and is commissioned by the Chinese government to supervise affairs relating to people with disabilities in China.

    About the Rick Hansen Foundation
    The Rick Hansen Foundation is a registered charitable organization that provides leadership to create more accessible and inclusive communities for people with a spinal cord injury, and supports the search for a cure. The Foundation achieves its goals by connecting the people and resources that make innovation possible. Please visit for more information.
    About the Rick Hansen Foundation’s 25th Anniversary
    The Rick Hansen Foundation is currently celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion World Tour, and the extraordinary progress that has been made in the fields of accessibility and spinal cord injury advancement since. Over the two year anniversary period (March 21, 2010 – May 22, 2012) a number of programs and events will be unveiled to inspire others to dream big, recognize difference makers, create lasting and sustainable legacies and change the world, one good turn at a time.
    About the Rick Hansen Institute
    The Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) is a Canadian‐based not‐for‐profit organization committed to accelerating the translation of discoveries and best practices into improved treatments for people with spinal cord injuries. It does this by leading the collaboration of researchers, health care professionals and service providers across Canada and internationally. For more information, visit:
    Last edited by GRAMMY; 04-16-2011 at 02:15 AM.

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    Holy cow. I don't know what you said to get them on board Dr. Young, but this is a huge leap forward. Whee!

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    Thanks Suzanne for all of your hard work as well!
    "Our lives begin to end the day
    we become silent about things that matter."
    - Martin Luther King Jr

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    Wow. this is huge. When I was there, I couldn't find 1....1 physical therapy facility....this is amazing, I'm very happy for them.

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    This was a large piece that was missing for China. I'm happy that the Canadians can help fill this important gap!
    Go Canada!

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    Fantastic. Finally collaboration!
    Donnie: Dr. Xiao, What are your thoughts on a cure/combination therapy for SCI's??
    CG Xiao: Donnie, I don't want to disappoint you, but I think it is impossible to restore the continuity of the cord or "bridge the gap" in the near future, let's say: 50 years. Dr Wise Young has been my most respected scientist in SCI. He has dedicated and contributed to SCI no other can match.

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    Collaboration agreements are very important. However, it would be interesting to know what the outcome of this collaboration will or is expected to be. Is this just a "love parade" or something with real practical goals?

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    With the Canadian Foundations 25 yrs worth of know how and China's unrelenting interest and $$$$...I think they'll put something together something pretty substantial that will help fill some of the large gap. It's a good recipe so far.
    Last edited by GRAMMY; 04-20-2011 at 05:25 PM.

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    Pay attention to what you read and don't confuse it with what you would like to read.

    This is a love parade I have seen too many times... Love parade don't have anything to do with the cure process.

    I don't see Prof Young involved in this... or did I miss it?
    In God we trust; all others bring data. - Edwards Deming

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    Participant List of ChinaSCINet Investigator Meeting #3
    Date: 18-19 Febraury, 2006
    Venue: Guangdong International Hotel
    Address: 339 Huanshi Dong Lu, Guangzhou, PR China

    Dr. XUE Feng
    Orthopaedics, People's Hospital, Peking University, Beijing

    Dr. ZHANG Peixun
    Orthopaedics, People's Hospital, Peking University, Beijing

    Professor LI Jianjun
    China Rehabilitation Research Center, Beijing

    Professor HUANG Hongyun
    Orthopaedics, Beijing Xishan Hospital, Beijing

    Dr. LI Shaoguang
    Orthopaedics, Beijing Army General Hospital, Beijing

    Professor JIN Dadi
    Orthopaedics, Nanfang Hospital, Nanfang Medical University, Guangzhou

    Professor SHEN Huiyong
    Orthopaedics, Second Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou

    Dr. WANG Yichao
    Orthopaedics, Zhong Shan Hospital Fu Dan University, Shanghai

    Professor TAN Jun
    Shanghai East Hospital, Tongji University, Shanghai

    Professor ZHANG Shaocheng
    Orthopaedics, Changhai Hospital, Shanghai

    Professor PANG Qingjian
    Orthopaedics, Ningbo No. 2 Hospital, Ningbo

    Professor ZHANG Yongfu
    Henan Province People's Hospital, Zhengzhou

    Professor ZHU Hui
    Chengdu Army Kunming General Hospital, Kunming

    Professor HE Xijing
    The Second Hospital, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xian

    Professor JU Gong
    Neurosurgery, The Fourth Military Medicial University, Xian

    Professor LUO Zhoujing
    Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology of PLA of China, Xijing Hospital, Xian

    Dr. FENG Shi-qing
    Orthopaedics, Tianjin Medical University Hospital, Tianjin

    Professor POON Wai-sang
    Orthopaedics, Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    Dr. Yat-Wa WONG
    Orthopaedics, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong

    Professor Johan KARLBERG
    Clinical Trials Centre, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    Professor K.F. SO (Difference Maker Award)
    Anatomy, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    Dr. Wutian WU
    Anatomy, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    Professor Wise YOUNG
    Cell Bio. & Neurosciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

    Professor John LEONG
    The Open University of Hong Kong

    Mrs. Suzanne Poon (Difference Maker Award)
    Fundraising Committee, HKU-SCI Fund

    Ms. Ella Lau
    Fundraising Committee, HKU-SCI Fund

    Miss Ada WONG
    HKU-SCI Fund, The University of Hong Kong

    Ms Yolanda YAN
    HKU-SCI Fund, The University of Hong Kong

    Mr. John CHEN
    HKU-SCI Fund, The University of Hong Kong

    Mr. Peter SEE
    HKU-SCI Fund, The University of Hong Kong

    Ms. Mei Fong
    Correspondent, Wall Street Journal

    Mr. Henry Yau
    Clinical Trials Centre, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Last edited by GRAMMY; 04-21-2011 at 01:42 PM.

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