The Neil Sachse Foundation (NSF) is investing in research at The University of Adelaide, because there is more than just “hope” at stake for the nearly 400 Australians that will suffer a life altering spinal cord injury (SCI) each year . . . and the more than 10,000 people who are living with SCI in our community.

tagNeil Sachse lives for the day that people with spinal cord injury will walk again. He established the Neil Sachse Foundation as a first step to curing spinal cord injury. Thanks to vital community support, we have established the Neil Sachse Foundation Spinal Cord Injury Research Centre, to provide a dedicated laboratory for researchers and students. As an integral part of the Adelaide Centre for Neuroscience Research, the Centre will also become an international centre-of-excellence aimed at making a significant difference to the lives of people who suffer a spinal cord injury.

This research we are helping to fund is critical, aiming to develop a world first intervention drug that, when administered, could greatly minimise the long-term detrimental effects of spinal cord injury.


Our aims of supporting research that would otherwise go unfunded – is one step closer to becoming a reality in a whole new way.  We are pleased to make a significant financial commitment to fund a very special spinal cord injury research affecting children with cancer.

Why are we so passionate about this area of research?

 ‘Spinal tumours are a rare type of cancer that is extremely debilitating to individuals, often resulting in lifelong disability and in certain cases death. The incidence of spinal tumours is relatively low in comparison to other types of cancer.

However, brain and spinal cord tumours account for the second highest incidence of all cancers in childhood cases. Specifically, spinal tumours account for only 2% of childhood malignancies and yet are associated with a disproportionate degree of morbidity.

This is primarily due to the difficulty in diagnosis, following which many have already developed disabling neurological deficits. Given such an extended time to diagnosis, and despite treatment efforts, neurological deficits often remain and thus both children and families face not only a potentially life-threatening diagnosis but long-term disability.

Disabilities include bowl and bladder disturbance, weakness or paralysis, and sensory disturbances.  Whilst the impact on individuals and families is of the greatest concern, the cost associated with the care and support required contributes to the financial burden placed upon our community and society.

Unfortunately, given the rarity of spinal tumours, little experimental research has been undertaken. Such research is imperative towards a greater understanding of spinal tumours, potentially leading to the identification of an effective treatment, ultimately reducing both morbidity and mortality.


Together with our research partners, The Neil Sachse Foundation is poised to make this research become a reality – because we can’t sit idly by whilst this critical spinal cord injury research goes unfunded

Needless to say – we can’t do it alone. 

We need your help more than ever in assisting The Foundation with ‘Connecting the Dots with Spinal Cord Injury Research”. 

Please consider the ways you can assist us in funding more research that would otherwise likely go unfunded.

Any contribution you can help us make is a real investment in hope.

CLICK HERE to donate today.

CLICK HERE to find out how you and your company can assist us in our “Campaign for Hope” in 2014.

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