Media Advisory - Queensland Premier to Announce Australian Partnership with
Rick Hansen Institute

VANCOUVER, April 27 /CNW/ -

    What:   Representatives of the media are invited to join Anna Bligh,
            Premier of Queensland, Australia, at a news conference announcing
            a precedent-setting partnership between the Rick Hansen Institute
            and Queensland spinal cord injury (SCI) researchers.

    Who:    Anna Bligh - Premier of Queensland, Australia
            Moira Stilwell - BC Minister of Advanced Education and Labour
            Market Development
            Rick Hansen - President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation
            Dr. Marcel Dvorak - Medical Director of the Rick Hansen SCI

    When:   Friday, April 30, 2010 - 2:30 pm

    Where:  Blusson Spinal Cord Centre - 818 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver

    Why:    Funding will be provided to a research group in Brisbane,
            Australia, allowing it to partner with researchers/clinicians at
            the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre in Vancouver and to establish
            Brisbane as the first international site of the Rick Hansen
            Spinal Cord Injury Registry. The Registry is a program of the
            Rick Hansen Institute with 35 sites across Canada at major acute
            care and rehabilitation hospitals. It tracks, stores, and relates
            critical data collected from people who sustain a spinal cord
            injury which is then used by researchers to better understand the
            impact and effectiveness of specific medical interventions.


For further information: For further information: Media Contacts: Cliff Bridges, Manager, Communications, Rick Hansen Institute,, (250) 675-3033, (250) 515-0923 (c); Chris McBride, Director, Translational Research Program, Rick Hansen Institute, (604) 707-2112

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