Every year, several thousand people in Canada suffer spinal cord injuries, with outcomes that range from partial to total paralysis. Although medical advances have improved the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and extended their life spans, effective treatments to reverse their paralysis remain elusive. As Canada Research Chair in Spinal Cord Injury, Dr. Brian Kwon is working to develop effective treatments that can improve spinal cord function in patients with these injuries.
He and his research team are studying patients’ biologic and physiologic responses to spinal cord injury and developing interventions to improve their spinal cord function. They are emphasizing approaches that could be put to work quickly and could accelerate the pace at which effective treatments are brought forward and trialled in patients who have suffered spinal cord injuries.