Renewed Federal Government Investment Gives Further Hope to Canadians living with Spinal Cord Injury

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VANCOUVER, March 29, 2012 /CNW/ - The Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) and Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) today thanked the Harper government for partnering in their vision of an accessible and inclusive society and a cure for paralysis after spinal cord injury (SCI).

Today's Federal Budget announcement will support essential advancements in research for a cure for paralysis after spinal cord injury, and make a positive difference by promoting the translation of promising research discoveries and best practices into real, practical benefits for the more than 86,000 Canadians with spinal cord-related injuries and illnesses.

"The Government of Canada has been a critical partner in my 25 year journey towards a healthier and more inclusive world, and we are extremely grateful for their continued support,” said Rick Hansen. “This renewed federal investment will allow us to further advance in our collective goal of achieving a cure for paralysis after spinal cord injury and achieve better medical care and outcomes as we assist SCI patients in becoming more active members of the community. While much has been accomplished, I truly believe our best work is in front of us.”

The Rick Hansen Institute and the Rick Hansen Foundation are committed to advancing clinical research studies in such priority areas as reduction of paralysis and secondary complications; the implementation of validated best practice guidelines in SCI care nationally and build capacities for hospitals to adopt these standards; and the expansion of the pan-Canadian SCI clinical research network to enhance collaboration between Canadian and international SCI experts.

“Together we are solidifying Canada's position as a global leader and a world-class SCI centre of excellence,” added Hansen. "The path we are taking is reducing hospital visits, readmissions from secondary complications, and the financial burden that comes with the injury, as we work towards a world without paralysis after SCI.   We are grateful for not having to take the path alone".


About RHI:

The Rick Hansen Institute's goal is creating a world without paralysis after SCI. It works towards this goal by accelerating research and translating clinical findings into practical solutions to develop new treatments, improve care and reduce the cost burden on taxpayers.

About RHF:

In 1987, following the Man In Motion World Tour (MIMWT), Rick established the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) to continue his quest for an accessible and inclusive society and a cure for spinal cord injury (SCI). Under Rick's leadership, RHF functions as a social innovator - finding collaborative solutions to challenges in the community and the resources necessary to implement those solutions. RHF has been successful in leveraging the original $26M raised during the MIMWT to more than $245M in support of people, programs and research in pursuit of a healthier and more inclusive world. As part of the 25th Anniversary campaign, the Rick Hansen Foundation has launched a national public fundraising campaign to support ongoing programs and initiatives.  For ways to get involved, or to make a donation, please visit

For further information:

Dan Maceluch                                                                
Rick Hansen Institute                                                   
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About the Rick Hansen Institute 

A spin-off of the Rick Hansen Foundation, the Rick Hansen Institute 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. Our vision is a world without paralysis after spinal cord injury.

Learn more about our four programs: Cure, Care, Consumer and Commercialization.

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The Influence of Time from Injury to Surgery on Motor Recovery and Length of Hospital Stay in Acute Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: An Observational Canadian Cohort Study. This work represents the largest cohort of SCI patients studied to date to help elucidate the role of early surgery after SCI, one of the most discussed topics in acute SCI management. Open access

Model for bridging the translational 'valleys of death' in spinal cord injury research. The Rick Hansen Institute has developed a model for translational research in the field of spinal cord injury. This paper describes how RHI's unique model works and lessons learned. Download paper

Modeling the Patient Journey from Injury to Community Reintegration for Persons with Acute Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in a Canadian Centre. The Access to Care and Timing project team has published a paper describing the development of a computer simulation model of patient flow in BC. Open access

The Economic Burden of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in Canada. RHI's research team has published a paper on the economic burden of traumatic SCI. The paper appears in the June 2013 edition of Chronic Diseases and Injuries in Canada. Download publication

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SCI Community Survey. The SCI Community Survey is the largest study of its kind to ever be done in Canada among people with SCI. Read preliminary analysis report