The competition will raise money for spinal cord injury research
                          The competition will raise money for spinal cord injury research
                          3 May 2019

                          A world-wide competition will pit human against machine in a virtual high-tech car chase this weekend.

                          The competition will raise money for spinal cord injury research – helping a University of Queensland researcher develop a new treatment.

                          UQ School of Biomedical Sciences Associate Professor Marc Ruitenberg is one of few Australians to receive a Wings for Life Foundation grant.

                          “The race had become a way to celebrate those living with spinal cord injuries and boost research efforts into finding a cure,” Dr Ruitenberg said.

                          “Funding has enabled us to find a new treatment for spinal cord injury that targets the harmful inflammation following immediate injury.

                           “It has been long recognised that inflammation following injury can cause further damage to the spinal cord, but it has been challenging to find a treatment to target it efficiently.”

                          Dr Ruitenberg’s research has found intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), a therapy already in use for other conditions, can reduce the harmful inflammation that arises in the spinal cord following trauma, thereby minimising the amount of tissue damage.

                          “Funding from the Wings for Life Foundation enabled us to demonstrate the effectiveness of this therapy in acute spinal cord injury, and to turn this into a world-first clinical trial,” he said. 

                           “This research gives people living with spinal cord injuries hope of a better chance of recovery and that finding a cure will one day become a reality.”

                          Runners in the Wings for Life run take off with a 30 minute head start before the ‘Catcher Car’ is on their tail, racing to overtake them and end their turn.

                          The Brisbane race, starting at 9pm, loops around the UQ athletics track and will have pro-surfers Mick Fanning and Mark Mathews, snowboarder Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin and Iron Woman Jordan Mercer among its competitors.

                          Dr Ruitenberg has taken part in the event every year, and will participate this time in Munich.

                          “This really is a global effort and we were very lucky for our work to be deemed relevant to funding and to hopefully make a difference to the lives of those affected by spinal cord injury.”

                          Media: Associate Professor Marc Ruitenberg, [email protected]; Faculty of Medicine Communications, [email protected], +61 7 3365 5118, +61436368746.

                          Media Notes:

                          Link to raw footage of interview with Dr Marc Ruitenberg

                          Media are invited to attend the race on Sunday 5 May, 8pm, UQ Sport Athletics Centre, Sir William MacGregor Drive, St Lucia.

                          Vision opportunities include interview with pro-surfer Mick Fanning at 8pm and overlay of race beginning at 9pm. Alternatively, UQ can provide raw footage to media.


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