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ICWA opens neurotrauma research grants

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Applications are open for two Insurance Commission of Western Australia neurotrauma research grants worth $100,000 each.

The commission has partnered with the Neurotrauma Research Program at the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science to co-ordinate the research. 

It is the second year the commission has funded studies to improve rehabilitation for people with catastrophic injuries.

Neurotrauma researchers in WA can apply with projects focused on increasing the independence of people with acquired brain or spinal cord injuries, improving functional recovery through rehabilitation, and repairing and regenerating central nervous system tissue.

The commission is also interested in projects that develop therapeutic interventions, reduce physical and psychosocial burdens on care-givers and lower costs for insurers.

Commission Secretary Kane Blackman says the program may help reduce the more than $1 billion in “claims costs and outstanding estimates for care” recorded last year.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm (WA time) on Monday March 19 for research projects starting from July 1.

For more information or to apply, click here.