Professor Sarah Dunlop
Professor Dunlop is working with CIBF to help it develop strategies to improve gender diversity in its ranks, and in the wider neuroscience community.
Sarah is Professor; Head of School, Animal Biology; and Head of Experimental and Regenerative Neurosciences at the School of Animal Biology, each at The University of Western Australia.
She leads a program of laboratory and clinical research to promote functional recovery after traumatic injury to the nervous system at UWA and Royal Perth Hospital. Her laboratory studies involve preventing the spread of secondary damage after neurotrauma.
The program’s clinical studies include three multi-centre randomized controlled trials, dubbed “Spinal Cord Injury and Physical Activity (SCIPA)”, that involve all 8 spinal units in Australia and New Zealand. These trials are examining novel ways to exercise paralysed limbs to promote neurological recovery and improve health.
A separate multi-centre clinical study — “ICED” or Immediate Cooling and Early Decompression — is looking at treating acute spinal cord injury with immediate hypothermia in the ambulance to buy time and limit secondary damage before emergency surgical decompression.
Sarah also Chairs the Clinical Trials Committee of the Spinal Cord Injury Network.
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