audur-optThe Institute of Spinal Cord Injury (ISCI) was founded by Icelandic O.R. nurse, Audur Gudjonsdottir in 2007. Audur has campaigned strongly for an Icelandic led international effort to improve spinal cord injury (SCI) treatment since her daughter became paralyzed in a car accident 20 years ago.

Audur’s vision is to gather scientific knowledge, now existing on the spinal cord, in one faculty  and to be researched by prominent doctors and scientists. She believes that there are currently many options available that are not being utilized for spinal cord treatment and the whole scientific area is to be organized and evaluated so that a policy for cure can be instigated.

The Icelandic Government works with ISCI to help foster global awareness with relevant organizations such as the WHO, Council of Europe and the Nordic Council of Ministers.



Iceland gets the nervous system in writing at the United Nations

21.10.2015

Last June 8 associations of people with nervous disorders and injuries in Iceland, in addition to nearly 26 thousand Icelanders sent a letter to Ban Ki-Moon


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A Letter from President of FIA to Minister of Health in Iceland.

28.7.2015

A Letter from Mr Jean Todt, President of FIA, is sent to Kristján Þór Júlíusson, Minister of Health in Iceland.

The letter may be read here:


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Icelandic Minister of Health, sends a letter to President of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)

28.7.2015

Kristján Þór Júlísson, the Icelandic Minister of Health, sends a letter to Mr Jean Todt, President of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). In his letter, the Minister describes the Icelandic project on the nervous system and requests his and FIA’s support. In addition to being the President of FIA, Mr Todt is the UN’s Special Envoy for Road Safety and one of the founders and Chairman of the Board of the ICM Institute in Paris (research centre of the brain and spine).

The letter may be read here:


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A letter from the Icelandic Minister of Health to the Secretary General of the United Nations

28.7.2015

Kristján Þór Júlíusson, the Icelandic Minister of Health, sends a letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations. The letter describes to the Secretary General the efforts of the government and the public in Iceland on behalf of the nervous system and requests his support for the project.

The letter may be read here:


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A petition to the Secretary General of the United Nations

28.7.2015

Almost 26,000 Icelanders sign a petition to the Secretary General of the United Nations requesting that he use his influence to ensure that the “promotion of research on the nervous system” is made the UN’s 18th independent development goal in September 2015.

The petition may be read here:


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