Blusson Spinal Cord Centre

The partners within the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre in Vancouver are exploring one of the world’s major unsolved health-care challenges—spinal cord injury (SCI).

Those who sustain an SCI experience life-altering consequences as paralysis limits their movement. They must learn to adapt to a new life that restricts their independence and requires much care.

This is why the Blusson Centre exists—to improve the lives of those living with an SCI.

The Centre began as a dream of Rick Hansen. He envisioned a place where researchers would work together on groundbreaking spinal cord research and find a cure for paralysis after an SCI.

Opened in 2008, the Centre houses:

  • the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries(ICORD)
  • the Vancouver Coastal Health Spine Program and
  • the Rick Hansen Institute.

Together these distinct but integrated groups are investigating the best ways to improve the treatment and well-being of those with an SCI.

Their teamwork is making a difference, as promising discoveries are moving more quickly into tangible solutions which may allow people to walk again.

Help advance the work of the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre by making an online donation to the Rick Hansen Foundation, which supports the Centre’s activities.
Image of Rick Hansen being shown a piece of equipment.

Rick tours the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, 2009.