Improving bladder health after spinal cord injury

Lead Researcher Email Number Webpage
Associate Professor James Brock +61 3 8344 5811 View page

Project Details

Spinal cord injury severely affects the function of the urinary bladder, with loss of voluntary voiding and a greatly increased risk of bladder complications including infections. In this project we are investigating the mechanisms by which spinal cording injury causes damage to epithelial lining of the bladder (the urothelium). The urothelium plays a critical role in resisting invasion of the bladder wall by bacteria. In addition, recent evidence demonstrates that the urothelium plays a central role in regulating the activity of the bladder.  The objective of our studies is to devise strategies that protect the urothelium from adverse effects of spinal cord injury.


Nicole Kerr,  Research Assistant

Research Group

Brock laboratory: Autonomic and sensory neuroscience

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Biomedical Neuroscience, Cell Signalling, Cellular Imaging & Structural Biology

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Anatomy and Neuroscience

Unit / Centre

Brock laboratory: Autonomic and sensory neuroscience